OSAKA, March 22 (Kyodo) - Grizzled Futagoyama stable veteran Takatoriki steamrollered his way to an 11th straight win Wednesday, while Takanohana, Musashimaru and Musoyama all posted solid victories to boost their records to 9-2 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
two-up on the pack
No. 14 maegashira Takatoriki, a former sekiwake, crashed hard into komusubi Tosanoumi (5-6) at the face-off and, spotting his opponent struggle to regain a footing, quickly dragged him to the dirt surface to the delight of a packed Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.
With his training mate already soaking in a hot bath with a perfect 11-0 record, yokozuna Takanohana iced the cake for the Futagoyama stable by turning in a textbook performance to bump off rising star Miyabiyama, who slipped to 8-3 with the loss.
Takanohana, chasing his 21st Emperor's Cup, took Miyabiyama to school in the day's final bout, returning the sekiwake's thrusting attack with interest before securing a grip on the belt and snuffing out any last signs of resistance.
Grand champion Musashimaru flattened No. 5 maegashira Akinoshima (4-7) after a spot of slow-dancing in the middle of the ring, while sekiwake Musoyama did his ozeki promotion chances no harm by muscling out second-ranked Tamakasuga (4-7) to keep pace with the yokozuna duo.
Yokozuna Akebono, however, failed to keep pace with the chasing pack, lurching to his third defeat of the 15-day meet against ozeki Chiyotaikai, who had the game to back up his pre-bout posturing.
Akebono had no answer to the hit-and-slide tactics of Chiyotaikai, who had the Hawaiian-born giant staggering like a toddler in a playpen with his speedy footwork before launching him off the ring for win No. 7.
Takanonami levered out No. 3 maegashira Kotoryu (3-8) to up his record to 5-6, while Dejima completed a perfect day for the ozeki trio by bundling out fifth-ranked Chiyotenzan (4-7) to register his seventh win.
It was a bad day for the top makuuchi division's two Mongolians, however, as top-ranked maegashira Kyokushuzan and second-ranked Kyokutenho both lost one-sided bouts.
Kyokushuzan crashed to his seventh loss of the tourney against komusubi Kaio (6-5), while Kyokutenho will face a demotion next time out after flopping against No. 4 maegashira Takanowaka (3-8) and taking a 3-8 record back to the changing rooms with him.
OSAKA, March 22 (Kyodo) - Results of makuuchi division bouts Wednesday, the 11th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (+ indicates juryo division wrestler):
Results on 11th day of
Spring Grand Sumo
Won Technique Lost
Terao 6-5 oshidashi +Otsukasa 5-6
Hayateumi 5-6 yorikiri +Kinkaiyama 8-3
Oginishiki 6-5 oshitaoshi Asanowaka 7-4
Kaiho 7-4 oshidashi Toki 6-5
Hamanoshima 6-5 yoritaoshi Tokitsuumi 4-7
Daizen 6-5 yorikiri Shikishima 2-9
Tochinonada 8-3 oshidashi Asanosho 5-6
Oikari 3-8 oshidashi Minatofuji 2-9
Takanowaka 3-8 yoritaoshi Kyokutenho 3-8
Kaio 6-5 yorikiri Kyokushuzan 4-7
Takatoriki 11-0 tsukiotoshi Tosanoumi 5-6
Musoyama 9-2 yorikiri Tamakasuga 4-7
Tochiazuma 5-6 katasukashi Wakanoyama 3-8
Dejima 7-4 yorikiri Chiyotenzan 4-7
Takanonami 5-6 yorikiri Kotoryu 3-8
Musashimaru 9-2 uwatedashinage Akinoshima 4-7
Chiyotaikai 7-4 oshidashi Akebono 8-3
Takanohana 9-2 yorikiri Miyabiyama 8-3
Main bouts for 12th day of Spring Grand Sumo TournamentOSAKA, March 22 (Kyodo) - Makuuchi division bouts for Thursday, the 12th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):
Terao x - x +Kotomitsuki
Oikari x - x +Akinoshu
Hayateumi 0 - 0 Oginishiki
Asanowaka 8 - 7 Hamanoshima
Tokitsuumi 2 - 3 Kaiho
Daizen 0 - 0 Toki
Asanosho 0 - 1 Takanowaka
Kotoryu 6 - 6 Minatofuji
Tamakasuga 0 - 2 Chiyotenzan
Shikishima 1 - 1 Kyokutenho
Tosanoumi 0 - 0 Wakanoyama
Tochinonada 1 - 3 Miyabiyama
Musoyama 21 - 8 Takatoriki
Kyokushuzan 1 - 9 Tochiazuma
Dejima 7 - 6 Akinoshima
Takanohana 6 - 3 Chiyotaikai
Musashimaru 21 - 14 Kaio
Takanonami 5 - 29 Akebono
OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Lower-ranked Takatoriki kept the sole lead at 10-0, while Hawaiian-born yokozuna (grand champion) Musashimaru suffered his second defeat Tuesday, the 10th day of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
Takatoriki keeps sole
lead at 10-0, Musashimaru
suffers second defeat
Two victories behind Takatoriki at 8-2 are five wrestlers - Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani, fellow yokozunas Takanohana and Akebono and sekiwakes (junior champions) Musoyama and Miyabiyama.
Wrestling at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, No. 14 maegashira (senior wrestler) Takatoriki held off No. 9 maegashira Oginishiki's driving attempts at the ring's edge and thrust him down, leaving Oginishiki at 5-5.
In the day's final bout, ozeki (champion) Takanonami grabbed Musashimaru's belt tightly and forced him out for his fourth victory against six defeats.
In other major bouts, Takanohana forced out No. 4 maegashira Takanowaka, handing Takanowaka his eighth defeat against two victories.
Akebono, or Hawaiian-born Chad Rowan, grabbed No. 3 maegashira Kotoryu's belt and sent him out, leaving Kotoryu at 3-7.
Chiyotaikai grabbed his fellow ozeki (champion) Dejima's belt and bulldozed him out, leaving both wrestlers at 6-4.
Miyabiyama charged fellow sekiwake Tochiazuma with a series of hand thrusts and sent him out. Tochiazuma falls to 4-6.
Musoyama drove out No. 1 maegashira Kyokushuzan after fighting off Kyokushuzan's initial charge and sidestepping to the right. Kyokushuzan, or Mongolian Batbayar Davaa, is 4-6.
No. 2 maegashira Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Batbayar Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, suffered his seventh defeat against three victories, losing to No. 4 maegashira Minatofuji by a driving technique. Minatofuji is 2-8.
In juryo, just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 7-ranked Hoshitango, or Argentine Imach Marcelo Salomon, pulled down No. 4-ranked Susanoumi for his third victory against seven defeats. Susanoumi is 1-9.
No. 11-ranked Sentoryu, or American Henry Armstrong Miller, sent out No. 11-ranked Wakanojo for his ninth victory against one defeat.
In the makushita, top junior division, No. 19-ranked Asashoyu (3-2), or Mongolian Dolgorsvren Dagvadrj, pushed out No. 24-ranked Kiyonoumi.
No. 22-ranked Wakaazuma (4-1), or Yoshinobu Kuroda from Brazil, was sent out from behind by No. 16-ranked Kasuganishiki.
In sandanme, the second highest junior division, No. 63-ranked Azumaoh (2-3), or Brazilian Yasuto Morita, was toppled by No. 67-ranked Choukozan with a leg trick.
No. 68-ranked Ryuo (2-3), or Wang Yu from Shanghai, China, was pushed out by No. 70-ranked Hokutosho.
In jonokuchi, the lowest junior division, No. 38-ranked Fudoyama (4-1), or Mongolian Nyamjuv Luvsandorj, crushed down No. 36-ranked Takahashi.
Wrestlers in junior divisions have only seven bouts during the 15-day tournament.
OSAKA, Japan (AP) - Results of main bouts Wednesday, the 11th day of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Osaka Prefectual Gymnasium:
Results of Main Sumo Bouts
Terao (6-5) Otsukasa (juryo) (5-6)
Hayateumi (5-6) Kinkaiyama (juryo) (8-3)
Oginishiki (6-5) Asanowaka (7-4)
Kaiho (6-5) Toki (6-5)
Hamanoshima (6-5) Tokitsuumi (4-7)
Daizen (6-5) Shikishima (2-9)
Tochinonada (8-3) Asanosho (5-6)
Oikari (3-8) Minatofuji (2-9)
Takanowaka (3-8) Kyokutenho (3-8)
Kaio (6-5) Kyokushuzan (4-7)
Takatoriki (11-0) Tosanoumi (5-6)
Musoyama (9-2) Tamakasuga (4-7)
Tochiazuma (5-6) Wakanoyama (3-8)
Dejima (7-4) Chiyotenzan (5-6)
Takanonami (5-6) Kotoryu (3-8)
Musashimaru (9-2) Akinoshima (4-7)
Chiyotaikai (7-4) Akebono (8-3)
Takanohana (9-2) Miyabiyama (8-3)
Juryo DivisionSentoryu (10-1) Takamisakari (8-3)
Hoshitango (4-7) Wakanojo (4-7)
MakushitaHoshiandesu (4-2) Saigo
Kasuganishiki Kuniazuma (5-1)
Kasugaoh (5-1) Kyokutenzan (4-2)
SandanmeKaihakusan (4-2) Toho
JonokuchiAsasekiryu (5-1) Fudoyama (4-2)
Takahashi Hakuba (3-3)
(Junior division wrestlers have only seven bouts during the tournament. Records of foreign wrestlers' opponents were not available.)
Thursday's main bouts:Terao Kotomitsuki (juryo)
Oikari Akinoshu (juryo)
Results in Scoreboard
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