Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin

Almost halfway through the tournament and bouts are getting really entertaining. It was difficult to decide between this match and Tobizaru vs. Chiyotairyu, but overall, the back and forth style clash of pusher-thruster Daieisho vs. powerhouse grappler Tochinoshin was the most interesting to watch from a technical standpoint. 26 year old Daieisho is fighting atContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin”

Ishiura Entering Basho Half Way Through

Miyagino stable’s Ishiura (M13), who has taken the first 7 days of Aki Basho off due to a fracture in his right ankle, will make his first appearance on Sunday. The doctor’s note which explained his diagnosis as a right talus fracture also outlined a projected healing time of three weeks. The injury took placeContinue reading “Ishiura Entering Basho Half Way Through”

Kotoshogiku to Return to Action on Saturday

The oldest current salaried level rikishi, 36 year old Kotoshogiku will make a return to the Kokugikan on the 19th. He had injured his left calf in a match against Meisei on Tuesday, and painfully withdrew on day 4. At only one win, the former Ozeki (now M11) would be almost guaranteed to drop toContinue reading “Kotoshogiku to Return to Action on Saturday”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #6 | Aoiyama vs. Takarafuji

East Tale of the Tape West W. Maegashira #7 Rank W. Maegashira #5 Aoiyama Name Takarafuji Kasugano Stable Isegahama 34 Age 33 6’2/191cm Height 6’/185cm 414lbs/188kg Weight 366lbs/166kg Oshi-zumo Style Hidari yotsu-zumo 21 wins Past Meetings (24) 3 wins 3-3 Record this Basho 4-2

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #5 | Okinoumi vs. Endo

An awesome belt battle between the Komusubi ensued today. On the East side, Okinoumi was coming off his first win of the tournament against Sekiwake Mitakeumi yesterday. In the West, Endo had already taken out two top contenders in Ozeki Asanoyama and July champion Terunofuji. Six years the younger and eight years less experienced, EndoContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #5 | Okinoumi vs. Endo”

Kyokutaisei is 8th Salaried Level Kyujo

After injuring his left achilles tendon during his fight against Shimanoumi on day 4, East Maegashira #16 Kyokutaisei (Tomozuna-beya) had to withdraw from day 5 action. He will likely sit out the rest of the tournament as his projected healing and treatment time is 6 weeks. He left Aki Basho with a 2-2 record beforeContinue reading “Kyokutaisei is 8th Salaried Level Kyujo”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #4 | Tamawashi vs. Takakeisho

Veteran pusher-thruster Tamawashi and young Ozeki Takakeisho faced off on day 4, both seeking their third win. Takakeisho took his first loss of the basho yesterday, falling to East M2 Hokutofuji. This came after a solid start with oshidashi wins against July’s champion Terunofuji and Komusubi Okinoumi respectively. Tamawashi went into today with signature winsContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #4 | Tamawashi vs. Takakeisho”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #3 | Asanoyama vs. Terunofuji

So far 0-2 Ozeki Asanoyama took on returning champion Terunofuji in an exciting grappling match. They first faced each other last basho, Terunofuji prevailing and going on to win the title. Asanoyama finished runner-up with a respectable Ozeki record of 12-3, but with the pressure of being the highest ranking active wrestler at the moment,Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #3 | Asanoyama vs. Terunofuji”

Kotoshogiku Out with Calf Strain

According to a medical certificate presented to the JSA on the 15th, Kotoshogiku has strained his left calf muscle and will likely take around two weeks to heal. The East Maegashira #11 from Sadogatake-beya withdrew from day 3 action, forfeiting a win to West M11 Chiyotairyu. Kotoshogiku leaves with a single win so far. AfterContinue reading “Kotoshogiku Out with Calf Strain”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #2 | Shimanoumi vs. Hoshoryu

Maegashira #16 Hoshoryu (Tatsunami), the nephew of legendary Mongolian Yokozuna Asashoryu, experienced his first top division loss today, following his debut win against Ichinojo on Sunday. Day 2 saw him face 31 year old M15 Shimanoumi (Kise), a relatively late-blooming Maegashira mainstay. Their first meeting in Monday’s second Makuuchi bout was a classic “striker vs.Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #2 | Shimanoumi vs. Hoshoryu”