TOKYO, Jan. 13 (Kyodo) - Yokozuna Takanohana eased out top maegashira Tochisakae and fellow grand champion Musashimaru earned a hard-fought win over rank-and-filer Tochinonada on Saturday to remain the unbeaten leaders seven days into New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
Takanohana, aiming to lift his first Emperor's Cup in more than two years, nonchalantly ushered Tochisakae (1-6) out of the ring, but Musashimaru's opponent gave him more than he bargained for in the final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Musashimaru looked to be on his way to his first loss of the tourney as No. 6 maegashira Tochinonada, cheered on by a full house, lifted him up onto the straw bails.
But the Samoan-born giant stepped up a gear and bustled his smaller opponent to the other side of the ring and forced him out, keeping alive his own quest to lift the first Emperor's Cup of the new millennium.
Meanwhile, hot on the heels of the front-running duo with six wins against one loss are No. 7 maegashira Kotoryu and 14th-ranked Asanowaka, who posted wins over sixth-ranked Chiyotenzan (3-4) and ninth-ranked Tokitsuumi (4-3) respectively.
At ozeki, defending New Year champion Musoyama bounced back from defeat Friday by blasting out fifth-ranked maegashira Tosanoumi (3-4) for his fourth win.
Ozeki Dejima (4-3) barely broke sweat as he bulldozed komusubi Takanowaka (2-5) over the straw boundary, and a windmill of thrusts from Kaio were met with little resistance from second-ranked maegashira Kotonowaka (3-4) as the newest ozeki improved to 5-2.
However, Miyabiyama (4-3) let down the ozeki quartet, going down to top-ranked maegashira Takanonami, who lifted the Musashigawa stable wrestler out for only his second win of the 15-day meet.
Newly promoted Wakanosato made short work of last year's Kyushu tourney runner-up Kotomitsuki, winning with an arm-lock throw to move to 5-2 and leave his fellow sekiwake nursing a 1-6 record.
In a match-up of Mongolian wrestlers, eighth-ranked Kyokutenho slipped out of the chasing pack as No. 12 makuuchi newcomer Asashoryu barged him out of the ring to leave both men at 5-2.
Meanwhile, 10th-ranked Kyokusuhzan, the third of the Mongolian makuuchi trio, slapped sixth-ranked Tochinohana (1-6) out of the ring to pick up his fourth win of the tourney.
TOKYO, Jan. 13 (Kyodo) - Results of makuuchi division bouts Saturday, the seventh day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):
Results of main bouts on
7th day of New Year sumo
Won Technique Lost+Kobo 2-5 hatakikomi Daishi 2-5
Tamarikido 3-4 uwatenage Minatofuji 2-5
Kinkaiyama 3-4 yorikiri Wakakosho 3-4
Asanowaka 6-1 hatakikomi Tokitsuumi 4-3
Takatoriki 4-3 hatakikomi Hamanoshima 3-4
Asashoryu 5-2 tsukidashi Kyokutenho 5-2
Kotoryu 6-1 uwatenage Chiyotenzan 3-4
Kyokushuzan 4-3 hatakikomi Tochinohana 1-6
Tochiazuma 4-3 yorikiri Higonoumi 3-4
Akinoshima 3-4 yorikiri Kaiho 1-6
Tamakasuga 3-4 hatakikomi Wakanoyama 4-3
Wakanosato 5-2 kotenage Kotomitsuki 1-6
Kaio 5-2 yorikiri Kotonowaka 3-4
Musoyama 4-3 oshidashi Tosanoumi 3-4
Takanonami 2-5 yorikiri Miyabiyama 4-3
Dejima 4-3 yorikiri Takanowaka 2-5
Takanohana 7-0 yorikiri Tochisakae 1-6
Musashimaru 7-0 yorikiri Tochinonada 4-3
Sunday's boutsAsanowaka x - x +Tamanonada
Daishi x - x +Daizen
+Otsukasa x - x Tamarikido
Wakakosho 0 - 0 Asashoryu
Takatoriki 6 - 5 Minatofuji
Hamanoshima 3 - 5 Tokitsuumi
Kyokutenho 3 - 5 Kotoryu
Tochinohana 0 - 0 Kinkaiyama
Kyokushuzan 3 - 1 Chiyotenzan
Tosanoumi 5 - 2 Higonoumi
Kotonowaka 9 - 1 Tamakasuga
Takanonami 0 - 0 Tochisakae
Kaiho 0 - 1 Kotomitsuki
Dejima 7 - 9 Tochiazuma
Kaio 4 - 0 Wakanoyama
Tochinonada 3 - 6 Musoyama
Takanowaka 2 - 1 Miyabiyama
Akinoshima 11 - 29 Musashimaru
Takanohana 4 - 0 Wakanosato
TOKYO (AP) - Two yokozuna (grand champions) Musashimaru and Takanohana extended their tie for the lead Saturday, remaining undefeated after the seventh day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo tournament.
lead at 7-0
Closely trailing the champions at 6-1 were two lower-ranked wrestlers, Kotoryu and Asanowaka.
Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani from Hawaii, received a scare when komusubi (junior champion second class) Tochinonada cornered him at the ring's rim. But the unfazed Yokozuna calmly rebounded and shoved his opponent out. Tochinonada is 4-3.
Takanohana had an easy win over No. 1 maegashira Tochisakae, forcing out the young wrestler. Tochisakae is 1-6.
Yokozuna Akebono, or Hawaii-born Chad Rowan, who won the last tournament with a 14-1 record in November, is staying out of the current 15-day tournament because of pain in his knees.
Asanowaka, No. 14 maegashira - the lowest in the senior makuuchi - beat No. 9 maegashira Tokitsuumi while No.7 maegashira Kotoryu defeated No. 6 maegashira Chiyotenzan.
In an all-Mongolian match, No. 8 maegashira (senior wrestler) Kyokutenho (5-2), or Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, speedily pushed out his compatriot No. 12 maegashira Asashoryu (5-2), or Dolgorsvren Dagvadrj, immediately after the initial thrust.
Kyokushuzan (4-3), the No. 10 Mongolian maegashira Batbayar Davaa, swung around at the rim before slapping down his opponent No. 6 maegashira Toshinohana (1-6) outside the ring.
In other major bouts, Kaio (5-2) became the sole ozeki (champion) bulldozed out No.2 maegashira Kotonowaka (3-4).
Ozeki Dejima and Musoyama both won and extended their records to 4-3.
Ozeki Miyabiyama (4-3) was forced out by No. 1 maegashira Takanonami. Takanonami is now 2-5.
Wakanosato (5-2) hauled down his rival Kotomitsuki, both newly promoted to sekiwake (junior champion) from this tournament. Kotomitsuki is now 1-6.
In the 26-member juryo, just below the senior makuuchi division, No. 6-ranked Kuniazuma (4-3), or Brazilian Vander Ramos, was forced out by No. 3-ranked Jumonji (4-3).
In makushita, the highest junior division, No. 6-ranked Wakaazuma (1-3), or Yoshinobu Kuroda from Brazil, was thrust out by No. 5-ranked Gojoryo while No. 7-ranked Hoshitango (1-3), or Argentine Imach Marcelo Salomon, was pushed out by No. 8-ranked Sumanofuji.
In sandanme, the second-highest junior division, No. 51-ranked Azumaoh (3-1), or Brazilian Yasuto Morita, hauled down No. 52-ranked Aogifuji.
In jonidan, the third-highest junior division, No. 96-ranked Ryukiyama (2-0), or South Korean Kim Soo-young, threw down No. 100-ranked Dainin.
Three Mongolian wrestlers all posted gains. No. 38-ranked Fudoyama (3-1), or Nyamjuv Luvsandorj, slapped down No. 34-ranked Wakashoryu, while No. 72-ranked Hakuba (4-0), or Ariunbayar Unurjargal, drove out No. 75-ranked Wakafubuki. No. 118-ranked Daionji (3-1), or Ulziibayar Ulziijargal, pushed out No. 121-ranked Usui.
Wrestlers in junior divisions have only seven bouts during the tournament.
TOKYO (AP) - Results of main bouts Saturday, the seventh day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena:
Results of main sumo bouts
Winners LosersKobo (juryo) (2-5) Daishi (2-5)
Tamarikido (3-4) Minatofuji (2-5)
Kinkaiyama (3-4) Wakakosho (3-4)
Asanowaka (6-1) Tokitsuumi (4-3)
Takatoriki (4-3) Hamanoshima (3-4)
Asashoryu (5-2) Kyokutenho (5-2)
Kotoryu (6-1) Chiyotenzan (3-4)
Kyokushuzan (4-3) Tochinohana (1-6)
Tochiazuma (4-3) Higonoumi (3-4)
Akinoshima (3-4) Kaiho (1-6)
Tamakasuga (3-4) Wakanoyama (4-3)
Wakanosato (5-2) Kotomitsuki (1-6)
Kaio (5-2) Kotonowaka (3-4)
Musoyama (4-3) Tosanoumi (3-4)
Takanonami (2-5) Miyabiyama (4-3)
Dejima (4-3) Takanowaka (2-5)
Takanohana (7-0) Tochisakae (1-6)
Musashimaru (7-0) Tochinonada (4-3)
Juryo DivisionJumonji (4-3) Kuniazuma (4-3)
MakushitaGojoryo Wakaazuma (1-3)
Sumanofuji Hoshitango (1-3)
SandanmeAzumaoh (3-1) Aogifuji
JonidanFudoyama (3-1) Wakashoryu
Hakuba (4-0) Wakafubuki
Ryukiyama (2-0) Dainin
Daionji (3-1) Usui
(Junior division wrestlers have only seven bouts during the tournament. Records of foreign wrestlers' opponents were not available.)
Sunday's main bouts:Asanowaka Tamanonada (juryo)
Daishi Daizen (juryo)
Otsukasa (juryo) Tamarikido
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