Thursday, March 18, 1999
OSAKA -- Lower-ranked Chiyotenzan kept the sole lead at 5-0, but Hawaii-born ozeki (champion) Musashimaru suffered his second upset Thursday, the fifth day of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
suffers second upset
Newly promoted ozeki (champion) Chiyotaikai, winner of the last tournament in January, lost again. He stood at 1-4.
Wrestling before 8,000 spectators at the Osaka prefectural gymnasium in western Japan, No. 9 maegashira (senior wrestler) Chiyotenzan fought off No. 12 maegashira Kaiho's pulling attempts and sent him out, leaving Kaiho at 3-2.
In the day's final bout, yokozuna (grand champion) Wakanohana charged No. 2 maegashira Shikishima with a leg trick and forced him out to improve his record to 2-3. Shikishima is 1-4.
Yokozuna Takanohana held on No. 3 maegashira Kyokushuzan's hand thrusts and crushed him out for his fourth victory against one defeat. Kyokushuzan, or Mongolian Batbayar Davaa, is 3-2.
Komusubi (junior champion second class) Kaio grabbed ozeki Musashimaru's belt and bulldozed him out for his fourth victory against one defeat. Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani, is 3-2.
In other major bouts, komusubi Tochiazuma overpowered Chiyotaikai in a hand-thrust battle and sent him out to improve his record to 4-1. Chiyotaikai is 1-4.
Ozeki Takanonami picked up his fourth victory against one defeat by throwing down No. 3 maegashira Terao (1-4).
In the 26-member juryo division, just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 1-ranked Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, pushed out No. 3-ranked Maenoumi for his second victory against three defeats. Maenoumi is 3-2.
No. 11-ranked Hoshitango, or Argentine Imach Marcelo Salomon, was tossed down by No. 9-ranked Daishi. Both wrestlers are 3-1.
In makushita, the top junior division, No. 46-ranked Kyokutenzan (2-1), or Mongolian Enkhbat Batmunkha, toppled down No. 45-ranked Wakakaze with a leg trick.
No. 11-ranked Kaishinzan (2-1), or American Henry Armstrong Miller, thrust out equally ranked Aminishiki.
In sandanme, the second highest junior division, No. 84-ranked Ryuo (3-0), or Wang Yu from Shanghai, China, forced out No. 82-ranked Misugiyutaka.
In jonidan, the third highest junior division, No. 89-ranked Kin (3-0), or Kim Son Tek from South Korea, sent out No. 87-ranked Takamiriki.
In jonokuchi, the lowest junior division, No. 34-ranked Asashoryu (2-1), or Mongolian Dolgorsuren Dagvadorj, pushed out No. 37-ranked Tokukaizan.
Wrestlers in junior divisions have only seven bouts during the 15-day tournament.
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