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SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho Senshuraku [Final Day] (Day 15)

Welcome to senshuraku [the final day] for the 2018 Nagoya Basho! With his win over M13 Tochinoshin yesterday, sekiwake Mitakeumi improved his record to 13–1 and secured his haru-yusho [first tournament championship]. The closest competitors remain M9 Yutakayama and M13 Asanoyama with 11–3 records, which is also pretty dang good! That doesn’t mean that there’s […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 14)

It’s Day 14 of the Nagoya Basho and sekiwake Mitakeumi is still in the lead! In fact, with a 12–1 record he only needs one more win to secure his very first top division yusho [tournament championship]. To make matters even more interesting, the only rikishi who are even mathematically still in the running are […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 13)

It’s Day 13 of the Nagoya Basho, and sekiwake Mitakeumi no longer has a perfect record! He lost to ozeki Takayasu (something I’ll have more to say about below), but at the same time, his two closest followers—M13 Asanoyama and M13 Tochiozan—ALSO lost. That means Mitakeumi maintains a two-win lead over the challengers . . […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 12)

Day 12 of the Nagoya Basho is here, and sekiwake Mitakeumi remains undefeated and alone atop the leaderboard. Not only that, he’s got a two-win lead over his nearest competition. I was mistaken yesterday when I said that only one rikishi was in that second place slot. In point of fact, there were two . […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 of the Nagoya Basho, and I’m back from my personal kyujo [absence due to medical condition]. There’s been an interesting change in the standings, but not at the very top. Sekiwake Mitakeumi remains undefeated (now at 10–0) and is alone atop the leaderboard. However, his closest remaining rival, M13 Asanoyama, lost on […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 10)

Because of my one-day kyujo [absence due to medical treatment], I don’t have much to say about Day 10. But below is the video . . . and I should be back with full commentary for Day 11. (Oh, and you can look elsewhere on my blog for info about my medical situation, if you’re […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 9)

Day 9 dawns for the Nagoya Basho. The weather is still frightfully hot, and now is when the yusho [tournament championship] race will heat up ever further. Sekiwake Mitakeumi is still undefeated and alone atop the leaderboard. Right behind him are M6 Endo and M13 Asanoyama with just a single loss each. And still hanging […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho Nakabi [Middle Day] (Day 8)

It’s Day 8, nakabi [the middle day] of the Nagoya Basho, and for the first time in several days, no rikishi have dropped out. However, word is that the already insufficient air-conditioning system in the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium has failed completely . . . so it could be considered to be kyujo [absent due to […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 7)

We’re entering the middle weekend of the Nagoya Basho, but we’re doing so with ANOTHER top rikishi having withdrawn from the tournament. This time it is ozeki Tochinoshin, who lost his share of the lead and severely jammed his big toe in yesterday’s match against komusubi Tamawashi. That leaves just ONE rikishi undefeated and alone […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 6)

It’s Day 6 of the Nagoya Basho, and still we have a pair of undefeated rikishi leading the pack—ozeki Tochinoshi and sekiwake Mitakeumi. But what’s more, we have another big name withdrawing from competition.  This morning, yokozuna Kakuryu reported that he has suffered some unspecified injury and is going kyujo [absent due to injury], meaning […]