Sumo Association Releases Aki Basho Banzuke
Sumo Association released the banzuke for the upcoming Aki basho set to
begin September 13th, and once again Yokozuna Hakuho occupies the
prestigious East Yokozuna slot. Hakuho maintains the Yokozuna rank for
his 49th basho putting him in a tie for fourth place all time with
Takanohana in terms of longevity at the rank. Kakuryu, who shined at the
Nagoya basho in July, slips into the upper West slot while Harumafuji
settles for the second tier following his withdrawal from Nagoya.
Terunofuji's inevitable move into the prime Ozeki slot is made official
with this banzuke while Kisenosato, Goeido, and Kotoshogiku follow in
tow. Japan's two best rikishi, Tochiohzan and Myogiryu, fill out the
Sekiwake ranks while Tochinoshin and Okinoumi round out the Komusubi.
Tochinoshin occupies the rank for the first time in three years and
becomes the first rikishi to return to the rank after having fallen down
the banzuke as deep as the Makushita 55 rank. For the second time in as
many basho, a Japanese rookie makes his debut in the division with 21
year-old Daieisho (pictured above), who moves into the M13 East slot
after an impressive 9-6 run from the J1 rank in July. Daieisho hails
from the Oitekaze-beya, the same stable as female heartthrob, Endoh.
Making their returns to the division Chiyootori, Sokokurai, and
Asasekiryu. Asasekiryu visits the top division for the first time since
the 2012 Kyushu basho.