Thursday, September 11, 1997
TOKYO -- Wakanohana thrust down Mongolian Kyokushuzan and took the sole lead with a 5-0 record as fellow ozeki (champion) Musashimaru was upset today in the 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo tournament.
takes first setback
One victory behind Wakanohana at 4-1 were five wrestlers -- yokozunas (grand champions) Takanohana and Akebono, Musashimaru, Kotonishiki and Tochinowaka.
Takatoriki attacked Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani from Hawaii. with hand thrusts and pulled him down.
Wakanohana fought off Kyokushuzan's hand thrusts and quickly shoved him out.
Takanohana, seeking his 18th tournament title, sent out Tochinonada.
Akebono, or Chad Rowan from Hawaii, who has won nine tournaments, crushed down Tosanoumi. Konishiki, or Salevaa Atisanoe from Hawaii, who withdrew from the tournament yesterday because of inflammation in both feet and his left calf, remained in a hospital.
In the next-highest division, ranked Yamato, or George Kalima from Hawaii, thrust down ranked Saigo for a 4-1 mark.
Results in Scoreboard