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Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Maru, leading grapplers maintain perfect records

Yokozuna Musashimaru played the playground bully beating up Aminishiki on Tuesday but ozeki Kaio was flipped to his second loss of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Musashimaru wasted no time pulverizing the top-ranked maegashira into submission to send him flailing over the edge on the third day of the summer meet at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The Samoa-born grand champion moved to 3-0 to maintain a spotless record along with ozeki Chiyotaikai and Tochiazuma as well as rank-and-filers Kyokushuzan and Dejima.

Kaio's troubles continued this time against former ozeki and No. 3 maegashira Miyabiyama, who surprised him with a ear-rattling headlock at the edge of the ring.

The ozeki tried to circle around for a frontal force-out from the left-side but Miyabiyama slipped a hand around his neck on the edge and flipped him hard to the dirt.

Tochiazuma was too savvy for Wakanosato and quickly got the upper hand when he grabbed the left-side of the komusubi's "mawashi" belt and twisted him down to his second loss.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai devoured Takanonami, throttling the second-ranked maegashira wrestler about the neck for an easy force-out to hand the former ozeki his third straight loss of the basho.

Meanwhile, ozeki Musoyama (2-1) bounced back from a loss a day earlier using his superior arm strength for a hard twist down to the clay against winless No. 3 maegashira Takanowaka.

In the Mongolian ranks, Asashoryu's spunk was not enough to contain No. 2 maegashira Tosanoumi (2-1), who unleashed a relentless charge that sent the sekiwake back-peddling over the edge to his first loss.

Takamisakari tried an ill-advised scoop on the leg of No. 10 maegashira Kyokushuzan (3-0), who used an over-arm throw as he teetered on straw bales to send the sixth-ranked wrestler sprawling to his third straight loss.

Fourth-ranked Kyokutenho (2-1) winced in pain and crumbled after he slipped into a split and twisted his ankle for his first loss of the meet against No. 8 maegashira Kotoryu (2-1).



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