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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Asashoryu remains on course

NAGOYA (AP) Asashoryu put top maegashira Iwakiyama in his place Friday to remain undefeated and tied for the lead with Miyabiyama at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu (right) shoves out No. 1 maegashira Iwakiyama to keep a share of the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Iwakiyama came out on the attack in the final bout at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium when he shoved Asashoryu back several steps after the face off.

But the Mongolian grand champion quickly took charge and improved to 6-0 when he sent Iwakiyama to the seat of his pants with an authoritative shove to the chest. Iwakiyama fell to 3-3.

In an earlier bout, No. 7 maegashira Miyabiyama maintained his share of the lead at 6-0 when he dodged to his right and swatted No. 5 maegashira Takekaze down to the dirt surface. Takekaze fell to 2-4.

In other major bouts, Ozeki Chiyotaikai kept pace at 5-1 along with four others when he deployed his powerful arm thrusts to the neck to send No. 3 maegashira Kotoryu spinning out of the ring to his fourth loss against two wins.

Ozeki Kaio won for the second straight day and improved to 4-2 when he bulldozed Mongolian Kyokushuzan out shortly after the face off. No. 3 maegashira Kyokushuzan continues to struggle in this tourney and fell to his fifth loss.

Winners   Losers
Toki 3-3   Harunoyama 1-5
Tamakasuga 3-3   Wakatoba 1-5
Otsukasa 4-2   Takanowaka 2-4
Toyozakura 5-1   Buyuzan 2-4
Tosanoumi 4-2   Tokitenku 2-4
Hayateumi 4-2   Kinkaiyama 2-4
Futeno 4-2   Asasekiryu 4-2
Kaiho 4-2   Jumonji 3-3
Tokitsuumi 2-4   Tochisakae 1-5
Tochinonada 4-2   Aminishiki 1-5
Miyabiyama 6-0   Takekaze 2-4
Hakuho 5-1   Shimotori 3-3
Dejima 3-3   Takamisakari 3-3
Kokkai 5-1   Kakizoe 2-4
Kyokutenho 2-4   Hokutoriki 0-6
Wakanosato 4-2   Kotomitsuki 2-4
Tochiazuma 5-1   Kotonowaka 1-5
Chiyotaikai 5-1   Kotoryu 2-4
Kaio 4-2   Kyokushuzan 1-5
Musoyama 3-3   Tamanoshima 2-4
Asashoryu 6-0   Iwakiyama 3-3

Mongolian Hakuho, a No. 8 maegasira, also remained one win off the pace at 5-1 when he hauled down fourth-ranked Shimotori at the center of the ring. Shimotori stands at 3-3.

Musoyama took a step toward maintaining his ozeki status when he threw Tamanoshima down to improve to 3-3. Komusubi Tamanoshima fell to 2-4.

Sekiwake Tochiazuma, looking to get back to the ozeki ranks, remained one win back at 5-1 when he got a hold of Kotonowaka's belt and drove the No. 2 maegashira out in a matter of seconds. Kotonowaka fell to 1-5.

Fan favorite Takamisakari was no match for No. 4 maegashira Dejima, who came in low at the face off and muscled the seventh-ranked maegashira out with little bother to give both wrestlers a 3-3 record.

Georgian-born Kokkai was pushed back several steps at the face off but prevailed when he swatted Kakizoe down at the edge of the ring.

No. 2 maegashira Kokkai improved to 5-1 while fifth-ranked maegashira Kakizoe dropped to 2-4.

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