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Sunday, July 11, 2004
Asashoryu, Miyabiyama go 7-0
NAGOYA (AP) Grand champion Asashoryu dispatched compatriot Kyokushuzan on Saturday to remain unbeaten and tied for the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
Asashoryu, who is gunning for his fourth straight Emperor's Cup and eighth overall, improved to 7-0 and is the clear favorite in the 15-day tourney. Kyokushuzan fell to 1-6.
Resurgent No. 7 maegashira Miyabiyama kept pace with an effortless win over 11th-ranked maegashira Tosanoumi.
Miyabiyama sidestepped a hard-charging Tosanoumi just after the face off and swatted his opponent down in a matter of seconds to remain perfect at 7-0. Tosanoumi fell to 4-3.
In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai took advantage of Kokkai's inexperience when the Georgian-born wrestler lost his footing at the face off and stumbled to the dirt surface.
Chiyotaikai improved to 6-1 while Kokkai, a No. 2 maegashira, dropped to 5-2.
Ozeki Kaio absorbed a bone-crushing blow at the face off and then swatted komusubi Tamanoshima down to pick up his fifth win against two losses. Tamanoshima was handed his fifth loss against a pair of wins.
Musoyama, needing a winning record in this tournament to maintain his ozeki status, overpowered Kotonowaka to improve to 4-3 while handing the No. 2 maegashira his sixth loss against a sole win.
In a showdown of sekiwake grapplers, Tochiazuma remained in the hunt when he got both arms on the belt of Hokutoriki and lifted his opponent out to improve to 6-1.
It's been a nightmare tourney for Hokutoriki, who went down to the final day with Asashoryu in the summer meet but has yet to post a win here.
In an earlier bout, No. 14 maegashira Toyozakura improved to 6-1 and remained one win off the pace when Hakuho lost his footing in the center of the ring before being shoved out into the first row of seats, where he landed on one of the ringside judges.
Hakuho, a No. 8 maegashira from Mongolia, fell to 5-2.
Fan favorite Takamisakari, a seventh-ranked maegashira, got both arms around Tochinonada (4-3) and lifted the sixth-ranked maegashira over the straw ridge to improve to 4-3.