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Natsu 2019 Day Twelve Recap
J2e Takagenji (11-1) wins by yorikiri over M14e Tokushoryu (3-9)
Takagenji will be in Makuuchi for Nagoya, and he might have not only forcefully introduced himself on Day Twelve but guaranteed Tokushoryu will go back to Juryo.
M12e Shimanoumi (7-5) wins by oshitaoshi over M17e Chiyoshoma (4-8)
Chiyoshoma's eighth loss also secures his demotion to Juryo, after hanging on by a thread for two straight basho. Shimanoumi, meanwhile, seems to have become quite comfortable in Makuuchi.
M15e Terutsuyoshi (6-6) wins by yorikiri over M12w Yago (5-7)
Yago looked like he was going to be yet another opponent who overwhelmed Terustuyoshi with superior size, but Terutsuyoshi held up, got underneath, and showed him to the outside.
M13w Sadanoumi (6-6) wins by yoritaoshi over M11e Shohozan (6-6)
Both rikishi have survived more on veteran guile than athleticism in recent basho, but Sadanoumi had more guile on Day Twelve apparently.
M16e Daishoho (7-5) wins by yorikiri over M10e Kagayaki (2-10)
Kagayaki used his excellent fundamentals to effect a stalemate, but his complete inability to get any sort of push this basho allowed Daishoho to work him to the edge.
M10w Onosho (6-6) wins by yoritaoshi over M14w Enho (7-5)
Enho might have hit a wall after a brilliant start. Or Onosho is a wrecking ball who overwhelmed the smaller man from the jump.
M13e Chiyomaru (6-6) wins by oshidashi over M9w Tomokaze (5-7)
Chiyomaru kept up a steady stream of thrusts, which Tomokaze partially absorbed and partially found no way to counter.
M7e Shodai (8-4) wins by oshidashi over M11w Tochiozan (6-6)
Shodai secures his kachi-koshi with a forceful counter-attacking win against Tochiozan. As usual, Shodai stood back at the tachiai, but his ability to absorb blows has been impressive throughout Natsu.
M6w Yoshikaze (4-8) wins by hatakikomi over M16w Ishiura (5-7)
Yoshikaze has looked like a shell of his former shelf in May, but he was still able to overwhelm Ishiura when they went head to head. Ishiura's place in Makuuchi is only there for him if he wins out.
M5e Myogiryu (5-7) wins by yoritaoshi over M9e Nishikigi (4-8)
Fresh off a kinboshi, Myogiryu easily took Nishikigi right to the edge and gave him a make-koshi for Natsu.
M4e Okinoumi (4-8) wins by yoritaoshi over M15w Kotoeko (8-4)
Coming into this match, Kotoeko already had a kachi-koshi and Okinoumi already had a make-koshi. So of course Okinoumi wins.
M3w Tamawashi (8-4) wins by oshidashi over M8w Asanoyama (10-2)
Tamawashi is, by far, the toughest opponent Asanoyama has faced so far. Tamawashi also instantly nailed Asanoyama with his trademark nodowa and the tournament leader immediately went backwards. Tamawashi has positioned himself for a Sanyaku slot in July while also playing spoiler.
M2e Endo (5-7) wins by yorikiri over M1e Hokutofuji (4-8)
The loser of this match got his make-koshi, which meant both men were fighting with all they had. Unfortunately for Hokutofuji, this became a grappling contest, which Endo was always going to win.
M1w Kotoshogiku (5-7) wins by tsukiotoshi over M3e Chiyotairyu (3-9)
A stunningly swift match, Kotoshogiku pushed back on Chiyotairyu immediately, and as soon as Chiyotairyu made a move, Kotoshogiku executed a perfect throw.
K1w Mitakeumi (7-5) wins by oshidashi over M2w Daieisho (5-7)
Mitakeumi and Daieisho had a bit of a back and forth, but Daieisho never really had a great opportunity. Despite that, Daieisho made Mitakeumi work for it.
S1e Ichinojo (3-6-3) wins by yorikiri over K1e Aoiyama (5-7)
The Mongolian giant has returned and gets the endurance win over a similarly massive Aoiyama. Ichinojo's best result will be 6-6-3, which won't get him a kachi-koshi, but could keep him in Sanyaku.
M7w Meisei (8-4) wins by yorikiri over S1w Tochinoshin (9-3)
And somehow Tochinoshin still needs his 10th win to return to Ozeki. Meisei did what is best against Tochinoshin, pushing him back and fending off any grip. That weirdly led to Meisei getting a force out win.
M4w Abi (8-4) wins by hikiotoshi over O1w Takayasu (7-5)
Abi's very good Natsu gets a second signature win as he follows up his Day Ten win over Tochinoshin with a defeat of Takaysu. Abi simply controlled Takayasu's neck after his usual tachiai, which made a slap-down easy once Takayasu got stood up.
O1e Goeido (8-4) wins by yoritaoshi over M6e Takarafuji (7-5)
Goeido returned order to proceedings with a forceful win over Takarafuji. Goeido becomes the first Ozeki to secure 8 wins and avoid kadoban status for Nagoya.
Y1w Kakuryu (10-2) wins by yorikiri over M5w Ryuden (7-5)
Kakuryu took advantage of Ryuden's careful sumo by very swiftyly spinning him around and sending him over the tawara. This win also returns him to a share of the yusho leaderboard, and being the Yokozuna will always make him a favorite.