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Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000

DAY 7

Maru still unbeaten

A pair of wrestlers with only two wins between them -- Tosanoumi and Tochinonada -- upended the ozeki pair of Chiyotaikai and Miyabiyama on Saturday while yokozuna Musashimaru remained the unbeaten leader in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Grand champion Akebono and ozeki grapplers Dejima and Kaio, meanwhile, all breezed to their sixth wins to keep the pressure on Musashimaru seven days into the 15-day tourney at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Chiyotaikai looked strong at the face-off, but, as in Friday's loss, was unable to find the killer push as No. 3 maegashira Tochinonada (2-5) came storming back to hand the ozeki his second straight loss.

Top-ranked maegashira Tosanoumi (2-5) also put on a tremendous display of determination to drag down Miyabiyama (5-2) after the ozeki had muscled him from one side of the dohyo to the other, using every ounce of strength to bundle him over the bales for a shock win.

Musashimaru, meanwhile, still looking for his first championship of the year, needed only an instant to pull down Chiyotenzan (2-5) as the second-ranked maegashira charged low and off-balance at the tachi-ai.

Akebono (6-1) backed top maegashira Kotoryu (1-6) out of the ring with a hat-trick of shoves to remain at the heels of the leader in the chase for the Emperor's Cup.

Ozeki Kaio (6-1) used his stronger left side to force out sekiwake Musoyama (5-2) while Dejima (6-1), looking stronger as the tournament progresses, blasted komusubi Akinoshima (2-5) back over the straw.

Kyokutenho, wrestling as a No. 3 maegashira, had Takanonami hopping around as he attempted to force the komusubi over the edge.

The Mongolian's efforts were fruitless, however, as Takanonami (4-3) dug in to twist him around and out for a seventh straight loss.



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