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Monday, Nov. 13, 2000
Taka, Dejima remain perfect
FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Yokozuna Takanohana barged out ozeki Dejima on Sunday and ozeki Miyabiyama shoved out No. 5 maegashira Toki as both wrestlers preserved their flawless 8-0 records to remain the leaders at the Kyushu Grand Sumo tournament.
Meanwhile, Musashimaru bounced back from Saturday's upset loss with a win to join fellow yokozuna Akebono, ozeki duo Kaio and Chiyotaikai and rank-and filer Kotomitsuki at 7-1 going into the final week of the 15-day tourney at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.
In Sunday's featured bout, Takanohana's skill and experience shone through as the 20-time Emperor's Cup winner comfortably dealt with Dejima's charge and marched the ozeki out to his second loss, moving himself into position to end a two-year title drought.
Meanwhile, a confident-looking Miyabiyama continued his quest for a first Emperor's Cup as the Musashigawa stable grappler got the better of a mid-ring slapfest with Toki (4-4) and followed up with two mighty shoves for the win.
Defending Kyushu champion Musashimaru, looking to end the year with back-to-back titles, made amends for his a defeat to Chiyotenzan 24 hours earlier, easily blocking Tosanoumi (4-4) at the face-off before bulldozing the No. 4 maegashira over the straw ridge.
Akebono came out with all guns blazing as the Hawaiian-born giant quickly gobbled up Musoyama with a combination of neck-thrusts and shoves, saddling the ozeki with his fourth loss of the tourney.
Fukuoka native Kaio, wrestling for the first time as ozeki on home turf, immediately took control of Akinoshima's belt to slam the top-ranked maegashira onto the dirt and hand him his sixth defeat.
Meanwhile, Chiyotaikai stormed out of his crouch with a windmill of pushes and thrusts and shoved out No. 1 maegashira Wakanoyama (2-6) to move to 7-1, along with surprise package Kotomitsuki, a No. 9 maegashira who downed eighth-ranked Onigishiki (4-4).
Earlier, Kyokushuzan, a No. 3 maegashira, tumbled to his seventh loss against second-ranked Higonoumi, while No. 6 maegashira Kyokutenho was marched out to his fifth loss by eighth-ranked Takanowaka (6-2) to complete a miserable day for Mongolia.