Thursday, March 20, 1997
OSAKA, Japan -- Musashimaru turned away "giant killer" Kaio today and, at 11-1, took over the sole lead in the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament when grand champion Akebono suffered an upset loss to Asanosho.
on top with 11-1 mark
Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani from Hawaii, ripped out of his crouch and knocked Kaio back to the straw ridge with a solid forearm and shoulder into the chest of the lower-ranked wrestler. Musashimaru then moved in quickly for belt control and muscled Kaio out of the ring.
Kaio, who had earlier upended both grand champions, slipped to 10-2.
In the day's final bout, Akebono, or Chad Rowan from Hawaii, started strongly with his thrusting offense but miscalculated by trying to pull Asanosho to the ring's surface. Akebono (10-2) left himself open for Asanosho to lunge forward and drive him from the ring.
Konishiki, or Salevaa Atisanoe from Hawaii, slapped Daishi to even his record at 5-5, having missed his first two bouts because of the flu.
Yamato, or George Kalima from Hawaii, dropped to 6-6 when he was thrown over by Daihisho.