Kyushu Henka Summary
by Lon Howard
|targets, in order of the percentage of their total bouts in which they were targeted.
Among the rikishi who have been targeted at least four times, only Roho has lost them all – six of six – so he might feel he has special privileges as a perpetrator. Other big losers in the frequent target group are Hokutoriki at 10/11 and Miyabiyama at 6/7, while Kotoshogiku, Iwakiyama and Tamanoshima are all at 5/6.
Among the top targets, Tochinonada and Tosanoumi have been the most adept at managing their bouts when they are targeted, both losing just one of five. Tochinonada … I can understand, but when the study began I expected to see Tosanoumi’s name at or near the list of top target losers, but this is quite a surprise. Toyonoshima started out as a frequent target but after winning all four of those bouts, he hasn’t been hit on since January. I doubt if rikishi are reading this, but they apparently do pay attention; so let’s see if they stop picking on ‘Nada and Tosa as well.
A more detailed report is forthcoming in February but this time, all in all, there were 36 henka nominations in Kyushu, with 19 getting a majority yes vote. Of the 19 henka, there were 14 winners, which is slightly above the 68% cumulative win rate since the study began last July. Voting picked back up a little, about 11 ½ votes per bout, while the cumulative figure is just over 14. Again, thanks to all who voted, and have a great holiday season. See you again in February.
The movers and shakers in the henka parade in Kyushu were Roho and
Miyabiyama, but for opposite reasons. Kyokushuzan may be gone,
but never fear because Roho looks to be up the task as he twirled and
slipped his way into double digits in terms of the percentage of his
total bouts in which he has henka’d. Five of his eight wins as a
shin-komusubi in Kyushu were directly attributed to his tachiai henka
action. It was five wins in five henka tries for him – two being
unanimous picks by the voters, and the rest being by overwhelming
margins. Perhaps appropriately, his first victim on day 3 was
sekiwake Miyabiyama, who was targeted three times during the basho, and
lost all three of those bouts, which caused him to just barely eke out
a kachi-koshi on senshuraku.
Just in case you’re wondering, Asashoryu’s win by ketaguri over Kisenosato on day 8 received a 22-13 yes vote margin.
He was also nominated on day 5 against Ama, but the yes-no count there was 9-11.
There were three other multiple henka doers this time – Aminishiki, Toyozakura, and Kisenosato each committing two, and registering two, one, and zero wins, respectively, in the process. Here is the current list of the top ten active perpetrators during the study period – now covering nine basho – along with the percentage of their total bouts in which they have henka’d (a four-way tie for the 10th spot). Since he is now retired, this will be Kyokushuzan’s final appearance on the active list.
|Once again, a reminder that the percentages are compiled using only bouts that were voted as henka with a majority yes vote.
Of the rikishi with at least four henka since the study began, only Kyokutenho has won all his bouts – four in all – followed by Hokutoriki with 7/8, Roho with 11/13 and Aminishiki with 5/6.
Besides Miyabiyama, three other rikishi during Kyushu were targeted twice by henka. Hokutoriki had only eight showings on the dohyo but took the henka bait twice and lost both times. Also losing two for two was Kokkai, while the wily veteran Tochinonada was also picked on twice, but escaped both times to get the win. Here’s the list of current top ten