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  1. Swami

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    Rankings keep Hakuho on top, Takanoiwa dropped from Makuuchi
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    Written by Kyodo
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    Published: 26 December 2017
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    New komusubi Takakeisho

    Yokozuna Hakuho will take the next step in his career achievement calendar next month when he steps into the ring to start the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 14.

    As king of the mountain in the latest rankings as announced by the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday, the Mongolian grand champion is poised to tie Kitanoumi's record for 63 grand tournaments at sumo's ultimate rank.

    Having wrapped up the Kyushu tourney with a 14-1 mark to extend his record for career grand tournament championships to 40, Hakuho now rules over a tumultuous scene. With Harumafuji's shock retirement following the news he assaulted and injured another wrestler, the 15-day event at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan ends a five-tournament stretch when the sport boasted four yokozuna.

    Kisenosato, who has not completed a tournament since his debut at the rank in March, comes in as the top west yokozuna. Kakuryu, who has also withdrawn from the past four tourneys and has not wrestled in a grand tournament since July, fills the second east slot.

    The ozeki pair of Goeido and Takayasu, who will look to complete his first tournament since July, are coming off a Kyushu tourney in which both achieved winning records. Mitakeumi returns for the fourth straight tournament at sekiwake.

    Tamawashi returns to sumo's third-highest rank for the first time since July thanks to an 11-4 mark in Kyushu as a No. 1 maegashira.

    The komusubi rank will be held down by 21-year-old Takakeisho, who has risen rapidly through the ranks since making his professional debut November 2014. The first wrestler in the Takanohana stable to reach the sanyaku, the three ranks between yokozuna and the maegashira rank-and-file wrestlers, Takakeisho posted an 11-4 record in November that included wins over two yokozuna.

    He will be joined on the east by Onosho, who made his makuuchi division debut in May and returns for his second straight tournament as komusubi.

    Former ozeki Terunofuji, who was winless in Kyushu as a sekiwake before withdrawing, suffered a great fall in the rankings, dropping to No. 10 maegashira. Takanoiwa, who missed the Kyushu tourney as a result of injuries suffered in the incident with Harumafuji drops out of the makuuchi division.

    To take up the slack, three former makuuchi wrestlers will return from the second-tier juryo division. Sokokurai, who was 14-1 in November, will wrestle at No. 12, while Toyoyama will be at No. 14 and Ishiura No. 15.

    Two wrestlers will be making their first appearances in the top flight, 23-year-old No. 14 maegashira Abi and 27-year-old No. 16 Ryuden.

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    Good for Takakeisho. Overall he had a good year in 2017.

    I'll be eager to see how these new wrestlers to the top flight, Abi and Ryuden do in January. Hopefully all three yokozuna compete.
     
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    Kisenosato and Kakuryu under real pressure to survive this tournament or else retirement looms.

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    2018 January Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke Topics
    YokozunaHakuho
    • With 63 tournaments as active Yokozuna, Hakuho has tied the record of Kitanoumi.
    SekiwakeMitakeumi
    • Mitakeumi stays Sekiwake for the 4th tournament in a row, and in Sanyaku for the 6th.
    Sekiwake ReturnTamawashi
    • Tamawashi is back in the Sekiwake-rank again for the first time since July 2017, that means after 3 tournaments. He is in Sanyaku for the 2nd time in a row.
    Komusubi DebutTakakeisho
    • Takakeisho is the first Rikishi from Takanohana Beya to make his Komusubi debut since the present Shisho founded it on the 1st of February 2004.
    • He is the 10th Rikishi from Hyogo Prefecture to achieve this post WWII, following Myogiryu, who had been promoted in July 2012.
    KomusubOnosho
    • Onosho stayed the Komusubi-rank and is now in Sanyaku for the second consecutive tournament.
    Makuuchi DebutAbi
    • Abi is the 3rd Rikishi from Shikoroyama Beya to make his Makuuchi debut since the present Shisho founded it on the 27th of January 2004. The previous had been Seiro in the July tournament of 2015.
    • He is the 11th Rikishi post WWII from Saitama Prefecture, following Hokutofuji who had been promoted in November 2016.
    Makuuchi DebutRyuden
    • Ryuden is the second Rikishi from Takadagawa Beya to make his Makuuchi debut since the present Shisho has inherited it on the 5th of August 2009. The previous one had been Kagayaki January 2016.
    • He is the 7th Rikishi post WWII from Yamanashi Prefecture, following Onohana who had been promoted in March 1988.
    • Concerning former Sekitori making their Makuuchi debut after falling all the way back to Jonokuchi, Ryuden is the second Rikishi to achieve this. The first one had been Kotobeppu in November 1992.
    Makuuchi ReturnSokokurai
    • Sokokurai returns to Makuuchi for the first time since July of 2017. It took him 3 tournaments.
    Makuuchi ReturnYutakayama
    • Yutakayama returns to Makuuchi after 2 tournaments.
    Makuuchi ReturnIshiura
    • Ishiura returns to Makuuchi after 2 tournaments.
    Juryo DebutMitoryu
    • Mitoryu is the first Rikishi from Nishikido Beya to make his Juryo debut since it's foundation on the first of December 2002.
    • He is the 33rd Mongolian to achieve this, the previous one had been Daishoho in November 2016.
    • Additionally, he is the 50th former student of Nihon University, following Tobizaru, who had been promoted in July 2017.
    • Moreover, he is the 124th Rikishi successful in amateur Sumo as a student to reach Juryo since Yago in September 2017.
    Juryo DebutAkua
    • Akua is the fifth Rikishi from Tatsunami Beya to make his Juryo debut since the present Shisho has inherited it on the 22nd of February 1999. The previous one had been Rikishin one year ago.
    • He is the 21st Rikishi post WWII from Ibaraki Prefecture, following Takayasu who had been promoted in November 2010.
    Juryo ReturnTochihiryu
    • Tochihiryu returns to Juryo after 18 tournaments. A rank he previously held in January 2015.
    Juryo ReturnDaishoho
    • Daishoho returns to Juryo after 7 tournaments. A rank he previously held in November 2016.
    Juryo ReturnKizenryu
    • Kizenryu returns to Juryo after 2 tournaments.
    • Being promoted to Juryo for the 8th time, he ties the record of most promotions in history.
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    I look forward to this tourney. Hopefully we'll see some upsets.
     
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    I'd be surprised if there'll still be three yokozuna left at the end of it. I'd expect another retirement.

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