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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Asashoryu seizes sole lead in Nagoya

NAGOYA (AP) Grand champion Asashoryu hurled Miyabiyama to the ground for his 10th straight victory Tuesday and took the sole lead of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

Winners   Losers
Toyozakura 8-2   Tokitenku 3-7
Kasugao 3-4   Harunoyama 1-9
Takanowaka 4-6   Toki 3-7
Buyuzan 6-4   Wakatoba 2-8
Otsukasa 5-5   Hayateumi 5-5
Hakuho 7-3   Futeno 7-3
Asasekiryu 7-3   Takamisakari 5-5
Tosanoumi 7-3   Tokitsuumi 4-6
Tochinonada 6-4   Kinkaiyama 4-6
Aminishiki 4-6   Takekaze 4-6
Kakizoe 4-6   Jumonji 5-5
Kaiho 5-5   Kotoryu 2-8
Kotonowaka 2-8   Tochisakae 3-7
Dejima 7-3   Kyokutenho 5-5
Shimotori 6-4   Kotomitsuki 4-6
Tamanoshima 3-7   Iwakiyama 4-6
Hokutoriki 1-9   Kyokushuzan 1-9
Musoyama 7-3   Wakanosato 6-4
Tochiazuma 8-2   Chiyotaikai 8-2
Kaio 7-3   Kokkai 5-5
Asashoryu 10-0   Miyabiyama 9-1

In the day's final bout, Mongolian Asashoryu and No. 7 maegashira Miyabiyama locked into a fierce struggle at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

But a powerful thrust by Asashoryu to Miyabiyama's chin bent his opponent backward and toppled him to the dirt.

Miyabiyama and Asashoryu had been neck-to-neck in the tournament with 9-0 records before Tuesday's match.

With the win, Asashoryu, who has never won the Nagoya tourney, edged closer to capturing his fourth straight Emperor's Cup.

Among other top-ranked wrestlers, ozeki Kaio handed Georgia-born Kokkai another disappointing loss. Kokkai, a No. 2 maegashira, reached for Kaio's legs, but misjudged and fell down on his hands.

Sekiwake Tochiazuma dispatched ozeki Chiyotaikai for his second straight loss, tying their records at 8-2.

Tochiazuma withstood a volley of slaps and thrusts to his neck before neatly sidestepping his veteran opponent and pushing him out of the ring from behind.

Ozeki Musoyama made quick work of sekiwake Wakanosato for his seventh win of the tourney. The two, tied with 6-3 records before their bout, barely traded shoves before Musoyama flipped Wakanosato to the dirt.

In other bouts, crowd-pleaser Takamisakari led into his match with his trademark slaps and punches into the air, but his enthusiasm was short-lived as he fell to Mongolia-born Asasekiryu.

Asasekiryu, a No. 10 maegashira, improved to 7-3, while Takamisakari fell to 5-5.

No. 4 maegashira Dejima survived a scare to beat Mongolia-born Kyokutenho, improving to 7-4.

Kyokutenho, a No. 1 maegashira, got ahold of his opponent's neck and was pulling him downward, but as Dejima fell, he gave a quick thrust to Kyokutenho's legs. Kyokutenho went hurtling out of the ring, dropping to 5-5.



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