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Mikko Mattila returns to cover lower division ups and downs

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Mikko Mattila
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John’s unique bimonthly view of news from outside the dohyo

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Sumo Quiz
The Quizmaster
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.

Lower Division Rikishi

by Mikko Mattila
and sandanme yusho winner Sawai (19) resulted in a narrow 4-3 kachikoshi at Ms37. The much-praised high school phenomenon displayed some very solid sumo in his wins, but perhaps needs a bit more seasoning. Nevertheless, despite the fact that 4-3 can even be considered a mild disappointment, the content of his sumo has quite unique quality and his attack is sharp and multi-dimensional. All four

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In Aki basho 2005, all winners in the lower divisions picked up their prizes proudly with an unblemished 7-0 record . In all but the jonidan division, the winner was already clear before the last day of competition.

Makushita yusho went to the familiar 22-year old Wakakirin, who beat former makuuchi rikishi Tamarikido in their decisive bout when both stood at 6-0. Wakakirin (Ms42) didn’t face any of the on-form high makushita grapplers though, and could have had more difficulties clinching the yusho if he had been challenged by the dynamic triplet – Mokonami (21), Homasho (24) and Satoyama (24), for example. Wakakirin tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee a few months ago and underwent reconstructive surgery which caused him to drop into the depths of makushita. He wasn’t back in shape yet in Nagoya basho, but now looked healthy showing that his return to juryo is only a matter of time. Tamarikido evidently opted for the same surgery, but he has had some setbacks in recovery
and faced problems even in makushita prior to this basho. He looked more like his former self again by beating Mokonami easily on his way to 6-1. In fact, all his wins were quite easy.

The eagerly anticipated makushita debut of jonokuchi
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