Wednesday, November 11, 1998
FUKUOKA, Japan -- Hawaiian-born ozeki (champion) Musashimaru stayed undefeated Wednesday, sharing the lead at 4-0 with five lower-ranking wrestlers after four days of the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
undefeated at 4-0
Yokozunas (grand champions) Takanohana and Wakanohana and ozeki Takanonami also won Wednesday, but Wakanohana was one victory behind the leader at 3-1, while Takanohana and Takanonami were at 2-2.
Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani, grabbed No. 3 maegashira (senior wrestler) Ganyu's belt and bulldozed him out, leaving Ganyu at 1-3.
Takanohana fought off winless No. 2 maegashira Kaiho's hand thrusts and pulled him down. His elder brother, Wakanohana, thrust out winless No. 2 maegashira Higonoumi.
Takanonami held off No. 1 maegashira Tochiazuma's driving and leg trick attacks and sent him out, leaving Tochiazuma at 1-3.
Tied with Musashimaru at 4-0 were sekiwake (junior champion) Chiyotaikai, No. 1 maegashira Kaio, No. 4 maegashira Tamakasuga, No. 9 maegashira Tosanoumi and No. 14 maegashira Kotonishiki.
Chiyotaikai, seeking promotion to ozeki, thrust out winless No. 3 maegashira Tochinowaka after a series of hand thrusts.
Kaio, who had defeated both yokozunas and ozeki Takanonami in the first three days, crushed out komusubi (junior champion second class) Dejima (1-3) in their second bout.
In the first, Kaio twisted down Dejima at the ring's edge, but the five judges ruled that both wrestlers hit the dirt at the same time.
Tosanoumi thrust out winless No. 14 maegashira Akinoshu, Kotonishiki bulldozed out No. 8 maegashira Wakanojo (1-3), and Tamakasuga sent out No. 7 maegashira Aogiyama (1-3) from behind.
No. 12 maegashira Kyokushuzan, or Mongolian Batbayar Davaa, threw down No. 13 maegashira Tokitsuumi (1-3) for his second victory against two defeats.
In the 26-member juryo division, just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 2-ranked Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, forced out No. 5-ranked Dewaarashi, leaving both wrestlers at 2-2.
No. 10-ranked Hoshitango, or Argentine Imach Marcelo Salomon, slapped down No. 9-ranked Tokitsunada. They also are both 2-2.
In makushita, the top junior division, No. 8-ranked Kaishinzan, or American Henry Armstrong Miller, pushed out No. 9-ranked Kaigatake and remained undefeated at 2-0.
No. 56-ranked Kyokutenzan (1-1), or Mongolian Enkhbat Batmunkha, was forced out by No. 58-ranked Furuichi.
In sandanme, the second-highest junior division, No. 47-ranked Azumakaze (1-1), or Brazilian Tussato Guiuliano Kotinda, slapped down No. 48-ranked Koutoyama.
Wrestlers in junior divisions have only seven bouts during the tournament.
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