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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Asashoryu remains undefeated

OSAKA (AP) Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu overwhelmed Dejima on Wednesday to pick up his fourth straight victory and remain tied for the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Winners   Losers
Oikari * 3-1   Wakanoyama 0-4
Futeno 1-3   Yotsukasa 3-1
Kotonowaka 2-2   Ushiomaru 2-2
Toki 2-2   Kaiho 2-2
Asasekiryu 4-0   Toyozakura 1-3
Asanowaka 1-3   Chiyotenzan 0-4
Kotoryu 4-0   Harunoyama 2-2
Takekaze 3-1   Buyuzan 3-1
Takamisakari 4-0   Kasuganishiki 2-2
Kokkai 4-0   Takanonami 0-4
Hokutoriki 3-1   Tochisakae 2-2
Kinkaiyama 2-2   Jumonji 0-4
Aminishiki 2-2   Tokitsuumi 1-3
Tosanoumi 1-3   Iwakiyama 1-3
Kyokutenho 3-1   Kakizoe 1-3
Wakanosato 3-1   Shimotori 1-3
Tamanoshima 3-1   Kotomitsuki 1-3
Kaio 4-0   Kyokushuzan 1-3
Chiyotaikai 4-0   Miyabiyama 1-3
Musoyama 3-1   Tochinonada 2-2
Asashoryu 4-0   Dejima 0-4
* denotes juryo-class wrestler

Asashoryu barely broke a sweat in the day's final bout at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium when he grabbed Dejima's belt shortly after the face off and used a clinical arm throw to send the winless No. 2 maegashira sprawling to the dirt surface.

Asashoryu won the New Year tourney with a perfect 15-0 record and is looking to repeat that performance here with hopes of capturing his sixth Emperor's Cup.

Asashoryu is tied with six other wrestlers at 4-0.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai narrowly escaped defeat when he deftly sidestepped Miyabiyama at the edge and then sat back and watched as the top maegashira fell into the first row of seats.

Chiyotaikai remained perfect at 4-0 while Miyabiyama dropped to 1-3.

Musoyama, who needs at least eight wins here to maintain his ozeki status, deployed a textbook arm throw at the center of the ring to send Tochinonada sprawling.

With the one-sided victory, Musoyama picked up his third win, while handing No. 3 maegashira Tochinonada his second loss.

Ozeki Kaio wasted little effort in a one-sided win over Mongolian Kyokushuzan when he shoved the top maegashira over the straw ridge in a matter of seconds to pick up his fourth win. Kyokushuzan fell to 1-3.

Elsewhere, sekiwake Wakanosato defeated Shimotori, when he lifted the newly-promoted komusubi off the raised ring and, with Shimotori's legs spinning helplessly, heaved his opponent over the edge to improve to 3-1. Shimotori dropped to 1-3.

Further down the ranks, Kokkai, from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, posted a hard-fought victory over winless Takanonami to stay perfect at 4-0.

Kokkai, a ninth-ranked maegashira, fought off an arm throw by the veteran grappler before getting both arms around his opponent and shoving the No. 8 maegashira over the ridge.

Fan favorite Takamisakari, a No. 8 maegashira, improved to 4-0 when he sidestepped Kusaganishiki at the face off and swatted the 10th-ranked wrestler down to his second loss.

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