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Friday, March 19, 2004

Asashoryu improves to 5-0

OSAKA (AP) Grand champion Asashoryu posted a hard-fought win over Kyokutenho on Thursday to improve to 5-0, while the ozeki duo of Kaio and Chiyotaikai kept pace with solid wins at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Winners   Losers
Tamakasuga 3-2   Yotsukasa 3-2
Wakanoyama 1-4   Futeno 1-4
Kaiho 3-2   Ushiomaru 2-3
Kotonowaka 3-2   Harunoyama 2-3
Toki 3-2   Toyozakura 1-4
Asasekiryu 5-0   Kasuganishiki 2-3
Kokkai 5-0   Asanowaka 1-4
Buyuzan 4-1   Chiyotenzan 0-5
Takekaze 4-1   Takamisakari 4-1
Kinkaiyama 3-2   Takanonami 0-5
Tochisakae 3-2   Kotoryu 4-1
Jumonji 1-4   Hokutoriki 3-2
Tokitsuumi 2-3   Iwakiyama 1-4
Dejima 1-4   Tosanoumi 1-4
Tochinonada 3-2   Kakizoe 1-4
Shimotori 2-3   Kotomitsuki 1-4
Wakanosato 4-1   Miyabiyama 1-4
Musoyama 4-1   Aminishiki 2-3
Kaio 5-0   Tamanoshima 3-2
Chiyotaikai 5-0   Kyokushuzan 1-4
Asashoryu 5-0   Kyokutenho 3-2

In his toughest bout so far, Asashoryu took on fellow Mongolian Kyokutenho in the final bout at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. After a prolonged standoff, Asashoryu eventually prevailed when he twisted his opponent down at the center of the ring.

The burly Mongolian remains tied for the lead with Kaio, Chiyotaikai and lower-ranked wrestlers Kokkai and Asasekiryu.

In other major bouts, Chiyotaikai got his right arm under the chin of Kyokusuzan and drove the top maegashira out in the blink of an eye to remain tied for the lead. Mongolia's Kyokushuzan fell to 1-4.

Kaio remained tied for the lead at 5-0 when he got a hold of Tamanoshima's arm after the face off and flung the helpless third-ranked maegashira to the dirt and his second loss.



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