2019 Nagoya Basho Banzuke Released.

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  1. Swami

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    Kakuryu rules roost, Asanoyama surges in latest rankings
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    Kakuryu will head into next month's Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in pole position as east yokozuna while summer basho winner Asanoyama moved into the No. 1 maegashira slot, according to rankings published by the Japan Sumo Association.

    The fast-rising Asanoyama, who clinched his maiden championship in front of U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month, climbed seven spots up the ranks, reaching a new career high for the July 7-21 tournament at Dolphins Arena.

    "I've put the championship behind me and will train as a challenger," said the 25-year-old, taking the humble path despite being the first winner without any previous sanyaku experience since Sadanoyama in 1961. "I'm hoping to work steadily (through the tournament). I'll first aim for a winning record," he said.

    Kakuryu, coming off an 11-4 record in May, will be looking for his sixth championship and his first in Nagoya. It will be Kakuryu's 32nd grand tournament as a yokozuna, moving him into a tie for 10th all-time.

    The leader in that category, his Mongolian compatriot Hakuho, will be competing for the 72nd time as a yokozuna. Hakuho missed May's grand tournament in Tokyo after suffering a muscle tear in his upper right arm in March's Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka. The 34-year-old Hakuho is aiming for a record-extending 43rd career grand tournament championship.

    With Tochinoshin back in the ozeki fold after one tournament as a sekiwake, the ozeki wrestlers will form a quartet in Nagoya. Goeido and Takayasu have been handed the top east and top west slots, respectively, while Takakeisho is next on the east with Georgian Tochinoshin in the final west slot.

    Takakeisho, however, suffered a right knee injury upon his ozeki debut in May and failed to win eight bouts, putting him in peril of relegation to sekiwake as a "kadoban" ozeki in Nagoya. He becomes just the ninth ozeki to face demotion in his second tournament, the last being Tochinoshin.

    The Georgian Tochinoshin, promoted to ozeki a year ago, went 5-2 last summer in Nagoya but rebounded in September with nine wins. Tochinoshin, who has struggled with lower-body injuries since his promotion, finally succumbed to relegation after logging losing records in January and March. In July, however, he becomes the ninth wrestler since the start of the Showa era in 1926 to regain his ozeki status after winning the mandatory 10 bouts as a sekiwake. The last to accomplish the feat, Tochiazuma, did it twice, in September 2004 and March 2005.

    Mitakeumi and Tamawashi are both back at sekiwake. Mitakeumi, promoted after setting a 9-6 mark in May as a komusubi, is on the east and will be competing in the sanyaku ranks -- the three below yokozuna -- for the 15th consecutive tournament. Tamawashi, the January champion, was demoted from sekiwake after going 5-10 in March, but rebounded with a 10-5 record in May as a No. 3 maegashira.

    The final two sanyaku wrestlers are newcomers who are wrestling for the first time as komusubi after going 10-5 in May. Abi, promoted from No. 4, joins Ryuden, who moves up from No. 5.

    At the other end of the spectrum, one wrestler, Takagenji, will make his debut in the elite makuuchi division, and will be joined by two others moving up from the second-tier juryo division. A stablemate of ozeki Takakeisho, 22-year-old Takagenji, won the juryo championship in May with a 13-2 record, earning promotion to No. 10 maegashira. Rejoining the top flight are No. 14 Toyonoshima and No. 16 Kotoyuki.

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    I'm a little surprised Asanoyama wasn't promoted to komusubi for his winning the May basho. I guess it's a little too early for such a swift promotion. Good for Abi and Ryuden for their promotion.

    Four ozeki now, it will be interesting. Hakuho will be back so I'll be eager to see who can upset him in the doyho.
     
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    I think if Asanoyama had won the yusho with 13 or 14 wins, he might have made it to komusubi.

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    2019 July Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke Topics
    YokozunaKakuryu
    • With 32 tournaments as an active Yokozuna, Kakuryu has tied the 10th rank in history.
    Ozeki Takakeisho
    • For the first time in his career, Takakeisho is Ozeki Kadoban. Being Kadoban in the second tournament as Ozeki happened to nine Rikishi so far. The previous one had been Tochinoshin in the September tournament of last year.
    Ozeki ReturnTochinoshin
    • This is the first straight return to the Ozeki-rank since Tochiazuma in the March tournament of 2005.
    Sekiwake ReturnMitakeumi
    • Mitakeumi returns to Sekiwake, the rank he previously held in November of last year, after four tournaments. He is now the single holder of the second rank for being in Sanyaku for 15 tournaments in a row since Showa Era.
    Sekiwake ReturnTamawashi
    • Tamawashi returns to the Sekiwake-rank as well as to Sanyaku after two tournaments.
    Komusubi DebutAbi
    • Abi is the second Rikishi from Shikoroyama Beya to reach the Komusubi-rank since the current Shisho has founded it. The previous one had been Homasho in the November tournament of 2011.
    • He is the fourth Rikishi from Saitama Prefecture post WWII to achieve this, following Wakabayama, Wakachichibu and Hokutofuji who had been promoted in the March tournament of this year.
    Komusubi DebutRyuden
    • Ryuden is the first Rikishi from Takadagawa Beya to be promoted to Komusubi since the current Shisho has inherited it.
    • Ryuden is only the third Rikishi from Yamanashi Prefecture post WWII to achieve this. The previous ones had been Fujinishiki and Fujizakura who was promoted in September of 1972.
    • Taking only 79 tournaments to reach the rank means tying the 10th rank in speed.
    • He is the first Rikishi in history with experience as Sekitori dropping all the way down to Jonokuchi and rising back up to finally reach the Sanyaku-ranks.


    * There had not been two newly promoted Rikishi rising up to Sanyaku in the same tournament since Kotoyuki and Kaisei in May 2016.

    Makuuchi DebutTakagenji
    • Takagenji follows his fellow Rikishi from Chiganoura Beya, Takanosho, who had been promoted in September of last year.
    • He is the fourth Rikishi from Tochigi Prefecture post WWII to achieve this, following Yasome, Tamanofuji and most recent Hokutoriki who had been promoted in the May tournament of 2002.
    Makuuchi ReturnToyonoshima
    • Toyonoshima returns to Makuuchi after two tournaments.
    Makuuchi ReturnKotoyuki
    • Kotoyuki returns to Makuuchi he was demoted from in January after three tournaments.
    Juryo DebutRyuko
    • Ryuko follows his fellow Onoe Beya Rikishi Tenkaiho who had been promoted in July of 2011.
    • He is the 33rd Rikishi from Kumamoto Prefecture post WWII to achieve this. The previous one had been Rikishin in the January tournament of 2017.
    Juryo DebutIchiyamamoto
    • Ichiyamamoto is the first Rikishi from Nishonoseki Beya (including it under its previous name Matsugane Beya) to reach Juryo since Matsutani (current Shohozan) who had been promoted in May 2010.
    • Ichiyamamoto is the 78th Rikishi post WWII from Hokkaido Prefecture to achieve this, the previous one had been Yago in the September tournament of 2017.
    • Additionally, Ichiyamamoto is the 9th former student of Chuo University to be promoted. The previous one had been Yago as well.
    Juryo DebutKizakiumi
    • Kizakiumi is the first Rikishi from Kise Beya to achieve this since Churanoumi who had been promoted one year ago.
    • Also following Churanoumi, he is the 6th Rikishi from Okinawa Prefecture to achieve this post WWII.
    • Additionally, he is the 52nd former student of Nihon University to be promoted, following none other than Churanoumi who happens to be Kizakiumi's older brother.
    • They are the 21st pair of brothers in history to become Sekitori, the previous one had been Wakamotoharu and Wakatakakage with a promotion this March.
    • He is the fourth Rikishi to reach Juryo after a Sandanme Tsukedashi debut. The previous three had been Oyanagi (current Yutakayama), Asanoyama, and most recently in May of 2018 Wakatakakage.
    Juryo DebutKotonowaka
    • Kotonowaka is the first Rikishi from Sadogatake Beya to reach Juryo since Kotoeko, who had his debut as Sekitori in November of 2014.
    • He is the 28th Rikishi from Chiba Prefecture post WWII to achieve this. The previous one had been Takanosho in November of 2017.
    • The former Sekiwake Kotonowaka (current Sadogatake Oyakata) is his father. They are the 10th father and son-duo to achieve this. The previous time the son of a former Sekitori reached Juryo was Sadanoumi in July of 2010. His father also shared the same Shikona.
    Juryo ReturnTakanofuji
    • Takanofuji returns to Juryo after two tournaments.
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    I hope Takakaisho keeps his ozeki rank. I look forward in seeing how Abi and Ryuden do in this tourney. Ryuden sumo isn't too exciting but he has a warrior's spirit and will never give up. Watching him grow as a rikishi in this top divisions as been interesting. I'd like to see Abi grow more as a rikishi as his pushing attack ( I forget the Japanese) seems to be all he has. It's a good weapon but one thing I have learned from ozeki and especially yokozuna they have a play for every situation.
     
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    Yes, Abi does need to improve his yotsu skills, it is virtually impossible to reach the higher ranks solely being a pusher.

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