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Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003
Tochiazuma stays perfect at Kyushu tourney
FUKUOKA (AP) Ozeki Tochiazuma outmuscled Tamanoshima on Monday to stay on top of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, while yozokuna Asashoryu won a gritty victory to keep close on the leader's heels.
Against Tamanoshima, the ozeki gave ground after the initial clash but managed to turn around the No. 2 maegashira and send him out of the ring with powerful thrusts.
Asashoryu stayed hot on Tochiazuma's trail at 8-1.
The Mongolian yokozuna was the only grand champion left in the 15-day tourney after Musashimaru announced his retirement over the weekend.
Asashoryu, who is fighting for his fifth title after winning the previous tournament in September, initially found himself retreating against a fired-up Tosanoumi (6-3).
But the grand champion used the No. 2 maegashira's momentum against him, pulling him down into the dirt while stepping back.
Asashoryu's fellow countryman, No. 5 maegashira Kyokushuzan, fell back from the title chase as he slipped to 7-2 against Tochinonada.
The No. 1 maegashira (6-3) easily disposed of Kyokushuzan, coming in high off the initial charge, wrapping the Mongolian wrestler around the chest and forcing him out.
In a battle of two ozeki fighting to avoid demotion, Kaio (6-3) forced out Musoyama (5-4) after a long deadlock in which both veteran wrestlers tried to snag each other's legs.
Ozeki Chiyotaikai (7-2) sent top-ranked maegashira Kotomitsuki hurtling out of the ring with flailing attacks to the neck and chin.
No. 2 maegashira Toki dealt another blow to sekiwake Wakanosato's hopes for promotion to ozeki.
Toki (5-4) slowed Wakanosato (4-5) with a shove to the chin, then jerked his opponent down into the dust.
In other major bouts, Komusubi Iwakiyama won a judgment call against sekiwake Kyokutenho.
Kyokutenho was ruled to have come crashing down first as he attempted to throw Iwakiyama, leaving both wrestlers at 2-7.
Fan favorite Takamisakari brought the crowd to life with a clever win against No. 4 maegashira Miyabiyama (3-6).
The komusubi sidestepped his larger opponent after absorbing his charge to improve to 4-5.
No. 3 maegashira Aminishiki (3-6) appeared to be heading for defeat when an aggressive Asasekiryu made a desperate lunge for his leg and was hauling him down. But the No. 4 maegashira hit the dirt first and slid to 1-8.
No. 5 maegashira Takanonami improved to 3-6 when he got a firm grip on Buyuzan's belt and lifted the No. 8 maegashira out of the ring. Buyuzan fell to 2-7.