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Monday, July 12, 2004

Pair remain tied for lead at Nagoya basho

NAGOYA (AP) Grand champion Asashoryu needed two bouts against Kotonowaka on Sunday to improve to 8-0 and remain tied for the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

Winners   Losers
Wakatoba 2-6   Toki 3-5
Futeno 6-2   Otsukasa 4-4
Takanowaka 3-5   Harunoyama 1-7
Buyuzan 4-4   Tokitenku 2-6
Tosanoumi 5-3   Toyozakura 6-2
Asasekiryu 6-2   Jumonji 4-4
Aminishiki 2-6   Kinkaiyama 3-5
Tochisakae 3-5   Kasugao 2-3
Miyabiyama 8-0   Hayateumi 4-4
Takamisakari 5-3   Kaiho 4-4
Hakuho 6-2   Tochinonada 4-4
Tokitsuumi 4-4   Takekaze 3-5
Shimotori 4-4   Kakizoe 3-5
Dejima 5-3   Kokkai 5-3
Kotomitsuki 3-5   Iwakiyama 3-5
Kyokutenho 4-4   Tamanoshima 2-6
Tochiazuma 7-1   Kyokushuzan 1-7
Kaio 6-2   Kotoryu 2-6
Musoyama 5-3   Hokutoriki 0-8
Chiyotaikai 7-1   Wakanosato 5-3
Asashoryu 8-0   Kotonowaka 1-7

In his first bout against the towering No. 2 maegashira, Asashoryu appeared to be the winner when Kotonowaka's hand touched down before both wrestlers hit the dirt surface. But the ringside judges called for a rematch at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Mongolian Asashoryu, who has never won the Nagoya meet, used a well-timed leg kick in the second bout to send Kotonowaka (1-7) sprawling to the dirt.

In an earlier bout, Miyabiyama held on to his share of the lead at 8-0 despite being pushed to the edge by No. 10 maegashira Hayateumi.

No. 7 maegashira Miyabiyama was forced back by Hayateumi after the face off but managed to turn the tables before shoving his opponent out to his fourth loss against four wins.

Chiyotaikai and Tochiazuma remained one win back.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai used his trademark arm thrusts to send Wakanosato back and over the edge in the day's penultimate bout.

Chiyotaikai improved to 7-1 while sekiwake Wakanosato fell to 5-3.

Ozeki Musoyama moved a step closer to securing the winning record he needs to maintain his rank when he forced out struggling sekiwake Hokutoriki, who dropped to 0-8. Musoyama improved to 5-3 and needs just three more wins.

Sekiwake Tochiazuma, looking to work his way back to ozeki, slapped Kyokushuzan (1-7) in the head at the face off and then spent the rest of the bout chasing the No. 3 maegashira around the ring before shoving him out to improve to 7-1.

Ozeki Kaio barely broke a sweat when he muscled out Kotoryu seconds after the face off to improve to 6-2 while handing the No. 3 maegashira his sixth loss.

No. 4 maegashira Dejima used his low center of gravity to his advantage when he bulldozed out Georgian-born Kokkai to give both wrestlers a 5-3 record.

Kokkai, a No. 2 maegashira, was handed his second straight loss.

Mongolian Hakuho, an eighth-ranked maegashira, stayed just two wins back when he drove Tochinonada back after the face off and then swatted the No. 6 maegashira down to improve to 6-2. Tochinonada fell to 4-4.

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