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Friday, Nov. 21, 2003

KYUSHU BASHO

Asashoryu, Tochiazuma remain tied at top

FUKUOKA (AP) Mongolian Asashoryu posted a hard-fought win over ozeki Musoyama on Thursday to remain tied for the lead with Tochiazuma at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Winners   Losers
Tamakasuga 5-7   Asanowaka 7-5
Yotsukasa 8-4   Wakatoba 5-7
Jumonji 7-5   Kasuganishiki 8-4
Dejima 9-3   Shimotori 5-7
Buyuzan 3-9   Otsukasa 5-7
Kakizoe 5-7   Toyozakura 4-8
Kotoryu 6-6   Takanowaka 4-8
Takanonami 5-7   Tochisakae 5-7
Takekaze 7-5   Asasekiryu 3-9
Tokitsuumi 6-6   Aminishiki 4-8
Tamanoshima 8-4   Hokutoriki 8-4
Tochinonada 7-5   Kinkaiyama 5-7
Iwakiyama 3-9   Kotomitsuki 3-9
Miyabiyama 5-7   Wakanosato 5-7
Toki 8-4   Kyokutenho 2-10
Kaio 8-4   Kyokushuzan 8-4
Tochiazuma 11-1   Takamisakari 4-8
Chiyotaikai 9-3   Tosanoumi 8-4
Asashoryu 11-1   Musoyama 6-6

Fighting in the final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, grand champion Asashoryu was forced back after the face-off but turned the tables when he got a grip of Musoyama's belt.

The burly yokozuna then deployed a textbook arm throw to send Musoyama sprawling to the dirt surface while improving to 11-1. Musoyama dropped to 6-6.

Asashoryu, who won the Autumn tourney and is gunning for his fifth title, is the only grand champion contesting the 15-day Kyushu tournament after Musashimaru retired on Sunday.

In other major bouts, ozeki Tochiazuma, who suffered his first loss of the tournament on Wednesday when he was upended by Tosanoumi, was back in business when he forced out komusubi Takamisakari (4-8) to remain tied for the lead at 11-1.

Tochiazuma briefly lost his footing and appeared to step out but the ringside judges ruled that his foot didn't cross the straw ridge.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai, who still has an outside chance at winning this tourney, improved to 9-3 when he deployed a barrage of arm thrusts to send Tosanoumi out over the edge.

With the loss, ozeki Tosanoumi dropped to 8-4 and saw his chances of winning the title all but dashed.

Local favorite Kaio wrapped up the winning record that he needs to assure himself of maintaining his ozeki status for the next tournament when he shoved Mongolian Kyokushuzan out to improve to 8-4.

Kyokushuzan, a No. 5 maegashira, fell to 8-4.

No. 4 maegashira Miyabiyama slapped down sekiwake Wakanosato to improve to 5-7.

Wakanosato came into the Kyushu tournament looking for promotion to ozeki but he'll be lucky to maintain his sekiwake status for the next tournament after dropping to 5-7.

In an earlier bout, No. 3 maegashira Tamanoshima assured himself a winning record when he shoved out seventh-ranked maegashira Hokutoriki to give both wrestlers an 8-4 record.

Komusubi Iwakiyama picked up his third win against nine losses when he shoved out struggling top maegashira Kotomitsuki (3-9).



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