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Star-Bulletin news services

Tuesday, January 16, 2001

No change as
Takanohana, Musashimaru
lead New Year sumo

TOKYO, Jan. 16 (Kyodo) -- The status quo remained intact Tuesday as Takanohana and Musashimaru cruised to 10-0 records, keeping the yokozuna rivals two wins ahead of ozeki Kaio and rank-and-filer Kyokutenho at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

Takanohana stayed on course to break a title drought dating back to autumn 1998 as he quickly latched onto the belt of No. 2 maegashira Kotonowaka and bulldozed him out of the ring in the final bout of the day at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Having lost 33 of his previous 37 bouts against Takanohana clearly did little for the motivation of Kotonowaka, who provided little resistance against the rejuvenated yokozuna, chasing his 21st Emperor's Cup.

Musashimaru tried his hand at throttling Tosanoumi (4-6) at the charge, then attempted a Pacific Island bear hug, before the No. 5 maegashira lost his footing on the sandy surface in a bid to wriggle free and handed the Samoan-born giant his 10th win of the tourney.

Kaio blew out struggling Miyabiyama (6-4) in a one-sided all-ozeki encounter to stay in touch with the leaders at 8-2.

Dejima won ugly against Akinoshima (3-7), but at least showed some ozeki pride as he squashed the No. 4 maegashira to even his record at 5-5.

Ozeki Musoyama, the defending New Year champion, clobbered Kotomitsuki, runner-up in Kyushu last November, at the charge to improve to 7-3 and leave the first-time sekiwake contemplating a big drop after picking up his eighth loss of the 15-day meet.

Former sekiwake Tochiazuma, wrestling at No. 4 maegashira after missing the Kyushu tourney through injury, taught newly promoted sekiwake Wakanosato a lesson as he pulled out a "Hail Mary" throw at the edge to leave both men at 6-4.

Mongolian No. 8 maegashira Kyokutenho secured promotion for March by twisting down 14th-ranked Wakakosho (5-5), while countryman Asashoryu, a No. 12 maegashira, bundled out ninth-ranked Hamanoshima (4-6) to go to 7-3 in his first tourney in sumo's "Premier League."

However, No. 10 maegashira Kyokushuzan let down the Mongolian contingent as he allowed 13th-ranked Daishi (4-6) to run him out straight off the charge and slipped to 5-5.


Tsuihiji wins 5th
national women’s
sumo title

OSAKA, Jan. 14 (Kyodo) -- Not to be outdone by the likes of Takanohana and Musashimaru at the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, Rie Tsuihiji on Sunday won her fifth straight title at the women's national sumo championships.

Tsuihiji, unbeaten since the introduction of the women's nationals, won the open category at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium, while third-year high school student Tamami Iwai was a popular winner in the lightweight class.

Satomi Ishigaya picked up the middleweight title, while fellow Nippon University student Emi Asai won the heavyweight division.

Results of main bouts on
10th day of New Year sumo

TOKYO, Jan. 16 (Kyodo) -- Results of makuuchi division bouts Tuesday, the 10th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo (+ denotes juryo division wrestler):

Won Technique Lost

Tamarikido 5-5 yorikiri Kinkaiyama 4-6
+Tamanonada 8-2 yorikiri Minatofuji 3-7
Daishi 4-6 oshidashi Kyokushuzan 5-5
Asashoryu 7-3 yorikiri Hamanoshima 4-6
Tokitsuumi 5-5 yorikiri Takatoriki 6-4
Kyokutenho 8-2 tsukiotoshi Wakakosho 5-5
Asanowaka 7-3 tsukiotoshi Kotoryu 6-4
Higonoumi 4-6 makiotoshi Tochinohana 2-8
Wakanoyama 6-4 oshidashi Chiyotenzan 4-6
Tamakasuga 4-6 tsukiotoshi Kaiho 2-8
Tochisakae 3-7 oshidashi Takanowaka 2-8
Takanonami 4-6 uwatenage Tochinonada 5-5
Tochiazuma 6-4 uwatedashinage Wakanosato 6-4
Musoyama 7-3 oshidashi Kotomitsuki 2-8
Dejima 5-5 yoritaoshi Akinoshima 3-7
Kaio 8-2 oshidashi Miyabiyama 6-4
Musashimaru 10-0 hatakikomi Tosanoumi 4-6
Takanohana 10-0 yorikiri Kotonowaka 4-6

Wednesday's bouts

Daishi x - x +Otsukasa
+Terao x - x Minatofuji
Kinkaiyama x - x Tamanonada
Kyokushuzan 0 - 0 Wakakosho
Hamanoshima 8 - 9 Asanowaka
Kyokutenho 0 - 0 Tamarikido
Takatoriki 4 - 4 Kotoryu
Asashoryu 0 - 0 Chiyotenzan
Tochinohana 1 - 0 Tokitsuumi
Tosanoumi 0 - 0 Kaiho
Higonoumi 0 - 1 Tochisakae
Wakanoyama 3 - 2 Tochinonada
Takanowaka 0 - 0 Takanonami
Wakanosato 0 - 6 Kotonowaka
Kaio 23 - 5 Akinoshima
Tochiazuma 3 - 5 Miyabiyama
Dejima 9 - 4 Tamakasuga
Takanohana 24 - 9 Musoyama
Kotomitsuki 1 - 0 Musashimaru

Takanohana remain
undefeated at 10-0

TOKYO (AP) -- Hawaii-born Musashimaru and his fellow yokozuna (grand champion) Takanohana kept a two-way lead at 10-0 on Tuesday, the 10th day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo tournament.

Ozeki (champion) Kaio and No. 8 maegashira (senior wrestler) Kyokutenho from Mongolia followed the co-leaders at 8-2.

Wrestling at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena, Musashimaru, or Fiamalu Penitani, charged No. 5 maegashira Tosanoumi with a series of hand thrusts and quickly slapped him down, handing Tosanoumi his sixth defeat against four victories.

Musashimaru is seeking his ninth tournament victory in his career.

Takanohana, seeking his 21st tournament victory, attacked No. 2 maegashira Kotonowaka with an arm throw attempt and forced him out, leaving Kotonowaka at 4-6.

Kaio sidestepped to the left in the initial charge and sent out his fellow ozeki Miyabiyama, leaving Miyabiyama at 6-4.

Ozeki Dejima fought off No. 4 maegashira Akinoshima's driving attempt at the ring edge and crushed him down for his fifth victory against five defeats. Akinoshima is 3-6.

Ozeki Musoyama bulldozed out sekiwake (junior champion) Kotomitsuki while thrusting at his foe's throat with his left hand. Musoyama is 7-3 and Kotomitsuki 2-8.

Kyokutenho, or Tsevegnyam Nyamjav, held on against No. 14 maegashira Wakakosho's driving attempt at the ring's edge and twisted him down, leaving Wakakosho at 5-5.

No. 12 maegashira Asashoryu, or Dolgorsvren Dagvadrj, lifted up No. 9 maegashira Hamanoshima to the ring's edge and sent him out to improve his record to 7-3. Hamanoshima is 4-6.

No. 13 maegashira Daishi drove out No. 10 maegashira Kyokushuzan, or Batbayar Davaa, who tried to pull him down in the initial charge. Daishi is 4-6 and Kyokushuzan 5-5.

In the 26-member juryo division, No. 2-ranked Terao sent out No. 6-ranked Brazilian Kuniazuma from behind for his sixth victory against four defeats. Kuniazuma, or Brazilian Vander Ramos, is 5-5.

In makushita, the highest junior division, No. 7-ranked Hoshitango (1-4), or Argentine Imach Marcelo Salomon, was pushed out by No. 10-ranked Toshinyama.

In sandanme, the second highest junior division, No. 51-ranked Azumaoh (3-2), or Brazilian Yasuto Morita, was slapped down by No. 53-ranked Hokuyuho.

No. 94-ranked Ryuo (3-2), or Mongolian Erkhem Ochirsanchirbold, was pulled down by No. 98-ranked Toshoka.

In jonidan, the third highest junior division, No. 38-ranked Fudoyama (4-1), threw down No. 32-ranked Dotou.

No. 72-ranked Hakuba (5-0), or Mongolian Ariunbayar Unurjargal, sent out No. 60-ranked Ozawa.

No. 75-ranked Orora (3-2), or Russian Mikhakhanov Anatolivaleryevich, threw down No. 80-ranked Asanohama.

No. 118-ranked Daionji (4-1), or Mongolian Ulziibayar Ulziijargal, downed No. 121-ranked Murakawa with an arm throw.

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

Results of main sumo bouts

TOKYO (AP) -- Results of main bouts Tuesday, the 10th day of the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena:

Winners Losers

Tamarikido (5-5) Kinkaiyama (4-6)
Tamanonada (juryo) (8-2) Minatofuji (3-7)
Daishi (4-6) Kyokushuzan (5-5)
Asashoryu (7-3) Hamanoshima (4-6)
Tokitsuumi (5-5) Takatoriki (6-4)
Kyokutenho (8-2) Wakakosho (5-5)
Asanowaka (7-3) Kotoryu (6-4)
Higonoumi (4-6) Tochinohana (2-8)
Wakanoyama (6-4) Chiyotenzan (4-6)
Tamakasuga (4-6) Kaiho (2-8)
Tochisakae (3-7) Takanowaka (2-8)
Takanonami (4-6) Tochinonada (5-5)
Tochiazuma (6-4) Wakanosato (6-4)
Musoyama (7-3) Kotomitsuki (2-8)
Dejima (5-5) Akinoshima (3-7)
Kaio (8-2) Miyabiyama (6-4)
Musashimaru (10-0) Tosanoumi (4-6)
Takanohana (10-0) Kotonowaka (4-6)

Juryo Division

Terao (6-4) Kuniazuma (5-5)

Junior Divisions:


Toshinyama Hoshitango (1-4)


Hokuyuho Azumaoh (3-2)
Toshoka Ryuo (3-2)


Fudoyama (4-1) Dotou
Hakuba (5-0) Ozawa
Orora (3-2) Asanohama
Daionji (4-1) Murakawa

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

Wednesday's main bouts:

Daishi Otsukasa (juryo)
Terao (juryo) Minatofuji
Kinkaiyama Tamanonada
Kyokushuzan Wakakosho
Hamanoshima Asanowaka
Kyokutenho Tamarikido
Takatoriki Kotoryu
Asashoryu Chiyotenzan
Tochinohana Tokitsuumi
Tosanoumi Kaiho
Higonoumi Tochisakae
Wakanoyama Tochinonada
Takanowaka Takanonami
Wakanosato Kotonowaka
Kaio Akinoshima
Tochiazuma Miyabiyama
Dejima Tamakasuga
Takanohana Musoyama
Kotomitsuki Musashimaru

For more sumo information online, try:
Sumo Web
Da Kine Sumo E-zine
Kyodo News Service

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