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Natsu 2024 Day Twelve

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Yusho Arasoi

9 Wins

03 Ozeki #1 West Kotozakura

09 Komusubi West Onosato

28 Maegashira #10 East Shonannoumi

37 Maegashira #14 West Oshoma

8 Wins

02 Ozeki #1 East Hoshoryu

07 Sekiwake West Abi

11 Maegashira #1 West Daieisho

19 Maegashira #5 West Meisei

23 Maegashira #7 West Mitakeumi

25 Maegashira #8 West Kotoshoho

41 Maegashira #16 West Takarafuji

Notable Maneuvers

Kotenage. Kotoshoho kept himself in the yusho race by reading Ura's up-and-under tachiai perfectly, moving him around, and grabbing Ura's left arm to win with a fantastic arm-lock throw.

Match of the Day

19 Maegashira #5 West Meisei versus 11 Maegashira #1 West Daieisho

This was Daieisho's match. He got the small edge at the tachiai, which he then used to turn the match into his kind of rhythm based shoving fest. That got Meisei moving back, then sideways, and then down. But he didn't go all the way down. Instead, Meisei just missed hitting the dirt and got himself back to steady. That surprising rescue gave Meisei an edge, and he got the tsukidashi win to keep himself in the yusho race.


Shonannoumi could not handle the upgrade in his opponent, as he got shoved out by Abi in a match where he was always going backward. Since Kotozakura, Onosato, and Oshoma all won, they secured a four-way lead for the yusho with three matches left. The best any of them can do is 12 wins, but a four-way playoff at 12 wins is impossible. Kotozakura gets to put Shonannoumi further back from the Emperor's Cup when they square off on Day Thirteen. Or Shonannoumi pulls the upset and makes the basho even more complex.

Those Eliminator matches are what the final days of a basho are all about, and Day Twelve did a great job of making a difference in the yusho race. Yet that difference was to create more possibilities. Behind the four 9 win rikishi is a 7 man pile up on 8 Wins. That's 11 rikishi with an honest chance at being the last man standing on Day Fifteen. Three matches remaining means everyone in this large group of contenders needs to win to maintain their chances.

Some will lose, and the Day Twelve losses were significant. Meisiei pulled Daieisho back from having a chance to be in the tie on 9 Wins. Onosato rather easily escorted Takarafuji backwards to deny the veteran a chance to be in the leading group. Hoshoryu put Mitakeumi in the one-win back pack with a demonstration of how good he can be when he gets a grip and can use his power. But it wasn't just the notable names staying in it with good sumo. Kotozakura was thrown off balance by Wakamotoharu, but managed to pull the Sekiwake down with him and somehow the Scion of Sadogatake Beya stayed in the air longer for the win.

Kotozakura's how-did-that-happen win is a testament that the key is winning, not performing at your very best. He is still sitting at 9-3 with a strong path to at least a playoff. Day 13 he will face Shonannoumi, with the chance to knock back a direct competitor. Oshoma jumps up to see Kotozakura's Day Twelve opponent. Wakamotoharu should beat Oshoma, but the Sekiwake has missed time this basho with injury and Oshoma is having a strong debut. Meanwhile, Onosato sees Ura for the first time in his career in what should be a fascinating match.

The chance for a semi-round-robin between the four leaders is still possible, as Onosato-Shonannoumi and Kotozakura-Oshoma have not happened yet. Kotozakura also will need to see his fellow Ozeki Hoshoryu, likely on Day Fifteen. And Hoshoryu has already been playing spoiler this basho. He, too, could create some intrigue by winning out. We have three more days, and about a quarter of the rikishi get a chance to impact the yusho race.

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