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Tuesday, November 7, 2000

Yokozuna Akebono
crashes to defeat
at Kyushu

FUKUOKA, Nov. 7 (Kyodo) - Grand champion Akebono was slapped down by newly promoted komusubi Wakanosato on Tuesday and ozeki Chiyotaikai hit the dirt against sekiwake Hayateumi as both pre-meet favorites tumbled to their first defeats at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Meanwhile, Musashimaru and fellow yokozuna Takanohana both posted comfortable wins to stay perfect, while ozeki duo Dejima and Miyabiyama also remain unbeaten three days into the 15-day tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Wakanosato (1-2), wrestling at komusubi for the first time since making his debut in the makuuchi division in the 1996 spring tourney, outmaneuvered Akebono after fighting off the giant Hawaiian's grip at center ring.

Gaining momentum, Wakanosato then forced Akebono off balance before sending him sprawling to the dirt for a surprise win.

Chiyotaikai lunged into newly promoted sekiwake Hayateumi (1-2) with a devastating combination of slaps and thrusts at the face-off, but the Oitekaze stable grappler spun round and dodged to the left to pull the ozeki down for the victory.

Takanohana, who missed the autumn tourney with a sprained elbow, temporarily lost his footing but quickly recovered to lift out komusubi Tochinohana (1-2) as he aims to mark his comeback with a first title in two years.

Defending champion Musashimaru, looking to finish the year with back-to-back championships, quickly locked onto the right of top-ranked maegashira Akinoshima (0-3) before forcing him out to retain a perfect 3-0 record.

Musoyama (2-1), back wrestling as an ozeki after a 10-5 record at sekiwake in the autumn tourney, wriggled free of Mongolian third-ranked maegashira Kyokushuzan's grip to ram the former komusubi out to his second loss.

Fukuoka native Kaio (2-1) eager to impress on home turf in his second tourney as ozeki, jumped the gun twice at the face-off, but eventually got the job done by bulldozing sekiwake Takanonami (0-3) onto the ringside cushions at the third attempt.

Ozeki Dejima (3-0), always a handful at the jump-off, drove out winless No. 2 maegashira Higonoumi and Musashigawa stable mate Miyabiyama stayed perfect after backpedalling second-ranked maegashira Hamanoshima to his second loss.

Results of main bouts for
3rd day of Kyushu sumo

TOKYO, Nov. 7 (Kyodo) - Results of makuuchi division bouts on Tuesday, the third day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):

Won Technique Lost
Minatofuji 1-2 yorikiri +Oikari 0-3
Jumonji 1-2 okuridashi Wakakosho 1-2
Tamanonada 2-1 yorikiri Kotoryu 1-2
Otsukasa 3-0 yorikiri Aminishiki 0-3
Tamakasuga 1-2 hatakikomi Tokitsuumi 2-1
Kaiho 1-2 oshidashi Asanowaka 1-2
Kotomitsuki 2-1 yorikiri Tochinonada 2-1
Oginishiki 1-2 isamiashi Kyokutenho 2-1
Takanowaka 3-0 hatakikomi Tochisakae 0-3
Kotonowaka 2-1 yorikiri Toki 2-1
Chiyotenzan 2-1 komatasukui Takatoriki 0-3
Wakanoyama 1-2 oshidashi Tosanoumi 2-1
Hayateumi 1-2 hikiotoshi Chiyotaikai 2-1
Kaio 2-1 yorikiri Takanonami 0-3
Musoyama 2-1 yorikiri Kyokushuzan 1-2
Miyabiyama 3-0 yorikiri Hamanoshima 1-2
Dejima 3-0 yorikiri Higonoumi 0-3
Wakanosato 1-2 hatakikomi Akebono 2-1
Musashimaru 3-0 oshidashi Akinoshima 0-3
Takanohana 3-0 yorikiri Tochinohana 1-2

Wednesday's bouts

Otsukasa x - x +Daishi
Tamanonada 0 -0 Minatofuji
Kotoryu 0 - 0 Jumonji
Tamakasuga 0 - 0 Wakakosho
Tokitsuumi 0 - 0 Kotomitsuki
Asanowaka 1 - 1 Takanowaka
Kotonowaka 1 - 0 Aminishiki
Tochisakae 0 - 0 Oginishiki
Kaiho 0 - 3 Kyokutenho
Tochinonada 4 - 2 Toki
Tosanoumi 3 - 1 Hamanoshima
Higonoumi 1 - 2 Wakanoyama
Dejima 11 - 3 Takatoriki
Tochinohana 1 - 0 Chiyotaikai
Kaio 1 - 0 Hayateumi
Akinoshima 10 - 15 Musoyama
Chiyotenzan 1 - 4 Miyabiyama
Takanohana 3 - 0 Wakanosato
Takanonami 5 - 33 Akebono
Musashimaru 10 - 1 Kyokushuzan

Akebono suffers
first upset defeat

FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) - Hawaiian-born yokozuna (grand champion) Akebono suffered his first upset defeat along with ozeki (champion) Chiyotaikai on Tuesday, the third day of the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Yokozunas Musashimaru and Takanohana and four other wrestlers, including ozekis (champions) Dejima and Miyabiyama, remained undefeated at 3-0.

Wrestling at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center, newly promoted komusubi (junior champion second class) Wakanosato dodged Akebono's driving attempts skillfully and slapped him down for his first victory against two defeats. Akebono, or Chad Rowan, is 2-1.

In the day's final bout, Takanohana grabbed newly promoted komusubi Tochinohana's belt and forced him out, leaving Tochinohana at 1-2.

Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani from Hawaii, bulldozed out winless No. 1 maegashira (senior wrestler) Akinoshima.

In other major bouts, Dejima held on against winless No. 2 maegashira (senior wrestler) Higonoumi's pulling attempts and sent him out.

Miyabiyama charged No. 2 maegashira Hamanoshima with hand thrusts and drove him out, leaving Hamanoshima at 1-2.

Ozeki Kaio forced out winless sekiwake (junior champion) Takanonami to improve his record to 2-1.

Newly promoted sekiwake Hayateumi fought off ozeki Chiyotaikai's hand thrusts and pulled the ozeki down for his first victory against two defeats. Chiyotaikai is 2-1.

Ozeki Musoyama charged No. 3 maegashira Kyokushuzan, or Mongolian Batbayar Davaa, with hand thrusts against his foe's throat and sent him out for his second victory against one defeat. Kyokushuzan is 1-2.

No. 6 maegashira Kyokutenho, or Mongolian Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, drove No. 8 maegashira Oginishiki to the ring's edge, but Oginishiki twisted out the Mongolian for his first victory against two defeats. Kyokutenho is 2-1.

In the 26-member juryo division, just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 3-ranked Daishi forced out No. 1-ranked Sentoryu (2-0), or American Henry Armstrong Miller, leaving both wrestlers at 2-1.

No. 3-ranked Asashoyu, or Mongolian Dolgorsvren Dagvadrj, slapped down No. 1-ranked Kinkaiyama for his second victory against one defeat. Kinkaiyama is also 2-1.

In makushita, the top junior division, No. 23-ranked Kasugaoh (1-1), or Kim Son-tek from South Korea, was pulled down by No. 21-ranked Gokokuyama.

In jonidan, the third highest junior division, No. 51-ranked Daibanjaku (1-1), or Mongolian Batsukh Khaidavmunkh, was crushed down by No. 50-ranked Wakafubuki.

No. 70-ranked Ryukizan (1-1), or South Korean Kim Soo-young, was toppled by No. 69-ranked Ounochikara.

No. 77-ranked Fudoyama (1-1), or Mongolian Nyamjuv Luvsandorj, was crushed down by No. 78-ranked Niioka.

Wrestlers in junior divisions have only seven bouts during the 15-day tournament.

Results of main sumo bouts

FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) - Results of main bouts Tuesday, the third day of the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center:

Winners Losers
Minatofuji (1-2) Oikari (juryo) (0-3)
Jumonji (1-2) Wakakosho (1-2)
Tamanonada (2-1) Kotoryu (1-2)
Otsukasa (3-0) Aminishiki (0-3)
Tamakasuga (1-2) Tokitsuumi (2-1)
Kaiho (1-2) Asanowaka (1-2)
Kotomitsuki (2-1) Tochinonada (2-1)
Oginishiki (1-2) Kyokutenho (2-1)
Takanowaka (3-0) Tochisakae (0-3)
Kotonowaka (2-1) Toki (2-1)
Chiyotenzan (2-1) Takatoriki (0-3)
Wakanoyama (1-2) Tosanoumi (2-1)
Hayateumi (1-2) Chiyotaikai (2-1)
Kaio (2-1) Takanonami (0-3)
Musoyama (2-1) Kyokushuzan (1-2)
Miyabiyama (3-0) Hamanoshima (1-2)
Dejima (3-0) Higonoumi (0-3)
Wakanosato (1-2) Akebono (2-1)
Musashimaru (3-0) Akinoshima (0-3)
Takanohana (3-0) Tochinohana (1-2)

Juryo Division

Asashoyu (2-1) Kinkaiyama (2-1)
Daishi (2-1) Sentoryu (2-1)

Junior Divisions:


Gokokuyama Kasugaoh (1-1)


Wakafubuki Daibanjaku (1-1)
Ounochikara Ryukizan (1-1)
Niioka Fudoyama (1-1)

(Junior division wrestlers have only seven bouts during the tournament.
Records of foreign wrestlers' opponents were not available.)

Wednesday's bouts:

Otsukasa Daishi (juryo)
Tamanonada Minatofuji
Kotoryu Jumonji
Tamakasuga Wakakosho
Tokitsuumi Kotomitsuki
Asanowaka Takanowaka
Kotonowaka Aminishiki
Tochisakae Oginishiki
Kaiho Kyokutenho
Tochinonada Toki
Tosanoumi Hamanoshima
Higonoumi Wakanoyama
Dejima Takatoriki
Tochinohana Chiyotaikai
Kaio Hayateumi
Akinoshima Musoyama
Chiyotenzan Miyabiyama
Takanohana Wakanosato
Takanonami Akebono
Musashimaru Kyokushuzan

Results in Scoreboard

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Da Kine Sumo E-zine
Kyodo News Service

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