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Nagoya 2022 Day Thirteen
Public League Leaderboard
Yokozuna East Terunofuji
Maegashira #2 West Ichinojo
Ozeki #1 East Takakeisho
Maegashira #14 East Myogiryu
Maegashira #17 East Nishikifuji
Henka. Chiyoshoma must have known he couldn't take Tochinoshin head on, because he went sideways at the start. Officially, it gets marked down as an uwatedashinage, but the throw only happened because of the henka.
Match of the Day
Komusubi East Hoshoryu versus Maegashira #4 East Wakamotoharu
On a day thin on action of any type, the best match was down to an individual performance. Hoshoryu showed a glimpse of what he could do in the future. The young Mongolian went right up and in on the tachiai, got under Wakamotoharu, and pulled a throw without a grip. Stylish, rather than armbreaking, kotenage for the nice win.
A stunning six matches on Day Thirteen ended up with a fusensho for the win. That is because more stables have had to withdraw due to a COVID diagnosis among their personnel. The heavy numbers in Makuuchi come from Oitekaze's withdrawal. That ruled out Daieisho, Tobizaru, Enho, and Daiamami. Nishikigi also was forced to pull out, handing leader Ichinojo the free win. Saddest of all, in its own way, was Tamawashi's absence. Previously, he had mounted the dohyo for the first time in 1,448 matches.
Regarding the Yusho leaderboard, the three names upfront have not changed. Ichinojo didn't have to do anything but step on the dohyo and bow to get his 11th win. Terunofuji did more work, but fairly quickly disposed of Wakatakakage. Takakeisho won the all-Ozeki clash with Shodai in impressive style, never letting Shodai do his reactive disruption. The setup for the final two days and the yusho chase hasn't been effected. Takakeisho needs to win out, and he needs both Ichinojo and Terunofuji to drop a match. Takakeisho has the chance to beat Terunofuji on Day Fifteen.
The rest of the Torikumi has gotten seriously disrupted. On Day Fourteen, four Juryo wrestlers will face Makuuchi wrestlers. They need to because so many top division men are out and some Juryo rikishi has been in a Makuuchi match throughout the tournament. The most notable name popping up for Day Fourteen is Ryuden. He secured his 11th win, beating young future star Hokuseiho, on Day Thirteen. He is 2 ahead in the Juryo yusho race, is likely winning it, and will be in Makuuchi officially in September.
Throughout the rest of sumo, things were settled on Day Thirteen. In Makushita, Yoshii won his 7th to be the only rikishi who can be undefeated. The 18 year old beat Kinbozan, and he will be in Makuuchi before too long. In Sandanme, the returning former Ozeki Asanoyama got his seventh win easily. In Jonidan, Hitoshi secured his seventh victory. In the lowest Jonokuchi division, Takahashi failed to get a seventh win and will need to see a playoff. That seemed to ruin the JSA's plan to have things settled before more rikishi had to pull out.
Does that mean the Sumo Association wants to have Terunofuji win on Day Fourteen, with accompanying Ichinojo and Takakeisho losses? Not necessarily. They'd probably prefer to have those three men stay competing for the whole weekend. But a settled yusho before the final day would be good in case the spread wrecks the final weekend. It would be nice to focus on the sumo, especially if it gets to exciting matchups and results through the last match. This Nagoya basho hasn't behaved this way so far.