NAGOYA, July 15 (Kyodo) - Yokozuna Musashimaru and ozeki Kaio stayed hot Sunday, keeping cool to bag wins and retain a share of the lead at a perfect 8-0 halfway through the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
Masahimaru and Kaio
Hot on their heels are five wrestlers including ozeki duo Chiyotaikai and Musoyama, who also won at the 15-day tourney to remain just one behind in the hunt for the Emperor's Cup at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.
In Sunday's final bout, Tosanoumi (3-5) leapt at Musashimaru at the charge but the yokozuna never lost his composure, working the No. 4 maegashira to the edge of the ring before dumping the former sekiwake in the dirt to preserve his unbeaten record.
Kaio also looked impressive again in his victory over Tochinonada (3-5), using his balance to fend off the advances of the No. 3 maegashira and then his bulk to bulldoze his lighter opponent out.
The Tomozuna stable ozeki needed to post a winning record here to avoid demotion after pulling out midway through the summer tournament with a lower back injury, but he has chalked up the necessary eight wins in the minimum possible time.
Asashoryu (3-5) never knew what hit him after Musoyama (7-1) got in the face of the Mongolian from the charge, quickly using the momentum to muscle the nifty komusubi out of the ring and squash any hopes of repeating the upset in their last meeting.
Chiyotaikai unleashed a barrage of short sharp thrusts at the face of Tochiazuma (4-4) to overpower the No. 3 maegashira and rack up his seventh win.
The ozeki pair, who both suffered upsets on the opening day, sit in a tie right behind the joint leaders with komusubi Wakanosato and two journeymen wrestlers from the lower ranks.
Stumbling ozeki Miyabiyama picked up his third win but still failed to convince despite shoving down No. 4 maegashira Otsukasa (3-5).
Earlier, Kyokutenho (4-4) powered out Chiyotenzan (2-6) whilst fellow Mongolian Kyokushuzan (5-3) saw off the challenge of Toki (2-6), quickly pulling the No. 3 maegashira down to the dirt.
NAGOYA, July 15 (Kyodo) - Results of makuuchi division bouts Sunday, the eighth day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):
Won Technique Lost
Asanowaka 2-6 hikiotoshi +Daishi 3-5
Kotoryu 5-3 yorikiri Aminishiki 3-5
Wakatsutomu 5-3 oshidashi Kaiho 5-3
Jumonji 2-6 yorikiri Daizen 3-5
Tochinohana 4-4 yorikiri Minatofuji 3-5
Kyokutenho 4-4 yorikiri Chiyotenzan 2-6
Tokitsuumi 6-2 yorikiri Tamakasuga 3-5
Tamanoshima 7-1 yorikiri Oginishiki 5-3
Akinoshima 3-5 yorikiri Kitazakura 2-6
Takanowaka 7-1 oshidashi Tochisakae 4-4
Kyokushuzan 5-3 hikiotoshi Toki 2-6
Kotonowaka 2-6 yorikiri Takanonami 1-7
Wakanosato 7-1 uwatenage Higonoumi 3-5
Kotomitsuki 3-5 yorikiri Hayateumi 1-7
Musoyama 7-1 yoritaoshi Asashoryu 3-5
Chiyotaikai 7-1 tsukidashi Tochiazuma 4-4
Kaio 8-0 yorikiri Tochinonada 3-5
Miyabiyama 3-5 oshitaoshi Otsukasa 3-5
Musashimaru 8-0 oshitaoshi Tosanoumi 3-5
Minatofuji x - x +Daishi
Asanowaka 7 - 1 Daizen
Tokitsuumi 0 - 0 Kitazakura
Jumonji 0 - 1 Wakatsutomu
Oginishiki 2 - 3 Chiyotenzan
Aminishiki 0 - 2 Tamanoshima
Tamakasuga 6 - 3 Kyokutenho
Kotoryu 0 - 0 Tochisakae
Kaiho 1 - 5 Takanowaka
Kyokushuzan 2 - 1 Tochinohana
Kotonowaka 15 - 15 Akinoshima
Hayateumi 1 - 0 Tosanoumi
Tochinonada 3 - 4 Wakanosato
Tochiazuma 1 - 1 Kotomitsuki
Miyabiyama 1 - 1 Asashoryu
Toki 2 - 4 Musoyama
Chiyotaikai 3 - 1 Higonoumi
Kaio 20 - 23 Takanonami
Otsukasa 0 - 0 Musashimaru
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) - Hawaii yokozuna (grand champion) Musashimaru and ozeki (champion) Kaio remained undefeated at 8-0 and held on to a two-way lead on Sunday, the eighth day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
keep lead at 8-0
One step behind the co-leaders at 7-1 were five wrestlers - ozekis Musoyama and Chiyotaikai, komusubi (junior champion second class) Wakanosato and two lower-ranked wrestlers - No. 5 maegashira (senior wrestler) Takanowaka and No. 7 maegashira Tamanoshima.
Wrestling at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in central Japan, Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani, fought off No. 4 maegashira Tosanoumi's pulling attempt and smashed him down, leaving Tosanoumi at 3-5.
Kaio quickly put both his hands inside on No. 3 maegashira Tochinonada's belt and forced him out. Tochinonada is 3-5.
Chiyotaikai charged sekiwake (junior champion) Tochiazuma with a series of hand thrusts and sent him out. Tochiazuma is 4-4.
Musoyama grabbed Komusubi Asashoryu's belt quickly and bulldozed him out. Asashoryu, or Mongolian Dolgorsvren Dagvadrj, is 3-5.
Wakanosato threw down No. 2 maegashira Higonoumi and Takanowaka thrust out No.6 maegahsira Tochisakae. Higonoumi is 3-5 and Tochisakae 4-4.
Tamanoshima charged No. 14 maegashira Oginishiki with an arm throw attempt and sent him out, leaving Oginishiki at 5-3.
In other major bouts, No. 5 maegashira Kyokushuzan sidestepped an initial charge and slapped down No. 3 maegashira Toki to improve to 5-3. Toki is 2-6.
No. 11 maegashira Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, drove out No. 8 maegashira Chiyotenzan for his fourth victory against four defeats. Chiyotenzan is 2-6.
In the 26-member juryo division, just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 5-ranked Kuniazuma, Brazilian Vander Ramos, kept the division's lead at 7-1 as he tossed down No. 2-ranked Takatoriki after fighting off Takatoriki's driving attempts at the ring's edge. Takatoriki is 4-4.
No. 1-ranked Kobo forced out No. 6-ranked Sentoryu, or American Henry Armstrong Miller, for his sixth victory against two defeats. Sentoryu is 5-3.
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) - Results of main bouts Sunday, the eighth day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium:
Asanowaka (2-6) Daishi (juryo) (3-5)
Kotoryu (5-3) Aminishiki (3-5)
Wakatsutomu (5-3) Kaiho (5-3)
Jumonji (2-6) Daizen (3-5)
Tochinohana (4-4) Minatofuji (3-5)
Kyokutenho (4-4) Chiyotenzan (2-6)
Tokitsuumi (6-2) Tamakasuga (3-5)
Tamanoshima (7-1) Oginishiki (5-3)
Akinoshima (3-5) Kitazakura (5-3)
Takanowaka (7-1) Tochisakae (4-4)
Kyokushuzan (5-3) Toki (2-6)
Kotonowaka (2-6) Takanonami (1-7)
Wakanosato (7-1) Higonoumi (3-5)
Kotomitsuki (3-5) Hayateumi (1-7)
Musoyama (7-1) Asashoryu (3-5)
Chiyotaikai (7-1) Tochiazuma (4-4)
Kaio (8-0) Tochinonada (3-5)
Miyabiyama (3-5) Otsukasa (3-5)
Musashimaru (8-0) Tosanoumi (3-5)
Kobo (6-2) Sentoryu (5-3)
Kunaizuma (7-1) Takatoriki (4-4)
Monday's main bouts
Minatofuji Daishi (juryo)
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