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Monday, July 5, 1999

Vierras tops in isle sumo

Wayne and Maxine Vierra kept the top titles in the Hawaii State Sumo Tournament all in the family Saturday by being named the men's and women's grand champions.

Wayne won the Senior Men's Division for the third time, while his wife, Maxine, took the women's heavyweight title.

It was the first time a women's division was included in the Hawaii State tournament.

Other winners were: Justin Nishibata (boys), Amanda Keliiho'omalu (girls), Reggie Torres (elementary), Nice Tuisano (women's lightweight), Jeremy Perry (junior students), Quinin Beaver (mid students), Kawika Franco (senior students) and Harrington Wa'a (junior men).

Special awards went to Wa'a (High School Yokozuna), Ikopa Ernestberg (Guts Award), George Perry (Best New Wrestler), Harry Wa'a (Fighting Spirit), Maxine Vierra (Best Technique).

Kotonishiki topples
Takanohana in
Nagoya sumo

Kyodo News Service


NAGOYA, July 5 -- Top maegashira Kotonishiki saddled yokozuna Takanohana with his first loss of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday -- only two days into the 15-day summer event known for its unpredictability.

Kotonishiki, a savvy former sekiwake, dropped the tournament's four-time defending champion out of the ring at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium for his eighth victory over a grand champion as a maegashira-ranked wrestler.

Meanwhile, fellow grand champions Akebono and Musashimaru posted easy wins for a second straight day while ozeki Chiyotaikai and ozeki candidate Kaio were stung with upset losses.

Akebono gave up inside belt control to Akinoshima (0-2), but still managed to edge the would-be giant-killer out of the ring with control of the squat top maegashira's sash from over the top.

In the day's final bout, Musashimaru caught up with quickly retreating Chiyotenzan, sending the winless komusubi out from behind.

In other bouts, ozeki Takanonami (1-1) rebounded from an opening day loss by wrapping up the arms of No. 2 maegashira Wakanosato (0-2) and then whipping his young rival from Aomori Prefecture off the raised ring.

Komusubi Tosanoumi (2-0) snared his second ozeki scalp in as many days, forcing Chiyotaikai (1-1) to step out of the ring as he attempted to slip away from the hard-charging komusubi.

Sekiwake Kaio, looking for 12 wins in Nagoya to be considered for promotion to ozeki, was weak on the face-off and allowed Higonoumi (1-1) to plow forward for the unexpectedly easy win.

Also at sekiwake, Tochiazuma (2-0) bulldozed Takatoriki (0-2) out of the ring and Dejima (2-0) slipped out of a headlock attempt by Toki (0-2) and fell on top of the No. 2 maegashira for the win.

In earlier bouts, Mongolia's Kyokushuzan, wrestling at No. 7 maegashira, slapped down No. 6 maegashira Musoyama (0-2) for a second straight win.

Veteran No. 11 maegashira Terao fought off Kyokutenho's hip throw attempt and bumped the 10th-ranked maegashira from Mongolia out of the ring, leaving both wrestlers at 1-1.

Terao's victory was No. 579 for him in the elite makuuchi division as he edged into 10th on the all-time winners' list ahead of former ozeki Takanohana, now the head of the Futagoyama stable. Former yokozuna great Chiyonofuji tops the list with 807 wins.

Day 2

Won			Technique	Lost
Kotoryu		2-0	oshitaoshi	Ohinode		0-2
Tokitsuumi	2-0	yorikiri	Ganyu		0-2
Wakanoyama	2-0	oshidashi	Daizen		0-2
Yotsukasa	2-0	yorikiri	Wakanojo	0-2
Terao		1-1	yorikiri	Kyokutenho	1-1
Hamanoshima	1-1	okuridashi	Kotonowaka	1-1
Asanosho	2-0	yorikiri	Tochinowaka	0-2
Kyokushuzan	2-0	hatakikomi	Musoyama	0-2
Shikishima	1-1	tsukiotoshi	Tamakasuga	1-1
Aogiyama	2-0	tsukiotoshi	Miyabiyama	1-1
Kaiho		1-1	shitatenage	Minatofuji	0-2
Higonoumi	1-1	oshidashi	Kaio		1-1
Tochiazuma	2-0	oshidashi	Takatoriki	0-2
Dejima		2-0	sukuinage	Toki		0-2
Takanonami	1-1	kimedashi	Wakanosato	0-2
Tosanoumi	2-0	oshidashi	Chiyotaikai	1-1
Akebono		2-0	yorikiri	Akinoshima	0-2
Kotonishiki	1-1	yoritaoshi	Takanohana	1-1
Musashimaru	2-0	oshidashi	Chiyotenzan	0-2

wins in Nagoya

Kyodo News Service


NAGOYA, July 4 -- Newly promoted yokozuna Musashimaru and four-time defending champion Takanohana posted easy victories Sunday as the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament got under way with most of the leading wrestlers notching first-day wins.

Musashimaru drove veteran former sekiwake Kotonishiki out of the ring at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, aiming to become only the fourth grand champion of the modern era to win the tournament championship in his debut at sumo's highest rank.

Takanohana, meanwhile, seeking to win in Nagoya for a fifth year in a row, muscled out No. 2 maegashira Wakanosato while showing no ill effects from a 3-1/2 month layoff following a dislocated shoulder in March.

Yokozuna Akebono made it a clean sweep for the grand champions on the first day of the 15-day tourney by shoving out komusubi Chiyotenzan.

Ozeki Takanonami was the only wrestler in the upper ranks saddled with a loss, getting off to a slow start against komusubi Tosanoumi and having to retreat backwards out of the ring.

Chiyotaikai, needing eight wins to hold onto his ozeki ranking, meanwhile, pulled downed top maegashira Akinoshima in his first bout since breaking his nose in the spring tourney in March.

Sekiwake Kaio, needing 12 wins in Nagoya to be considered for promotion to ozeki, waded through the thrusting tactics of Toki and forced the No. 2 maegashira out for a first win.

Also a sekiwake, Tochiazuma plowed out No. 3 maegashira Higonoumi while Musashimaru stablemate Dejima ignored the slaps of Takatoriki, also a third-ranked maegashira, and shoved the former sekiwake over the straw ridge.

In earlier bouts, Mongolian trickster Kyokushuzan muscled out fellow No. 7 maegashira Shikishima in a conservative departure from his free-wheeling style.

Mongolian compatriot Kyokutenho, wrestling as a No. 10 maegashira, walked out 11th-ranked Wakanojo.

Day 1

Won			Technique	Lost
Kotoryu		1-0	yorikiri	Ganyu		0-1
Wakanoyama	1-0	yorikiri	Ohinode		0-1
Tokitsuumi	1-0	okuridashi	Daizen		0-1
Yotsukasa	1-0	oshidashi	Terao		0-1
Kyokutenho	1-0	yorikiri	Wakanojo	0-1
Kotonowaka	1-0	uwatenage	Tochinowaka	0-1
Asanosho	1-0	hatakikomi	Hamanoshima	0-1
Kyokushuzan	1-0	yorikiri	Shikishima	0-1
Tamakasuga	1-0	tsukiotoshi	Musoyama	0-1
Aogiyama	1-0	hatakikomi	Kaiho		0-1
Miyabiyama	1-0	oshidashi	Minatofuji	0-1
Tochiazuma	1-0	yorikiri	Higonoumi	0-1
Dejima		1-0	oshidashi	Takatoriki	0-1
Kaio		1-0	yorikiri	Toki		0-1
Chiyotaikai	1-0	hatakikomi	Akinoshima	0-1
Tosanoumi	1-0	oshidashi	Takanonami	0-1
Takanohana	1-0	yorikiri	Wakanosato	0-1
Musashimaru	1-0	yorikiri	Kotonishiki	0-1
Akebono		1-0	yorikiri	Chiyotenzan	0-1

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