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Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004

KYOKUSHUZAN, TAKANOTSURU SHARE LEAD

Asashoryu gets back on track

Grand champion Asashoryu bounced back from two straight losses Friday to defeat fellow Mongolian Kyokutenho on the sixth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

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No.2 Maegashira Tamanoshima (right) heaves out ozeki Chiyotaikai on Friday, the sixth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Asashoryu got both arms around Kyokutenho in the final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan and lifted the komusubi out to improve to 4-2. Kyokutenho dropped to 3-3.

Asashoryu, who lost to Iwakiyama on Thursday and Tochinonada on Wednesday, is gunning for his fifth straight Emperor's Cup.

Mongolian Kyokushuzan and lower-ranked wrestler Takanotsuru are tied for the lead at 6-0.

In other major bouts, Chiyotaikai became the second ozeki casualty of the day, dropping to 4-2 when he was forced out by No. 2 maegashira Tamanoshima.

Chiyotaikai attempted to use his trademark arm thrusts to shove back his opponent. But Tamanoshima got both arms around the burly ozeki and muscled him out to improve to 1-5.

Musoyama was the only ozeki to win after he tripped up No. 2 maegashira Iwakiyama (4-2) seconds after the faceoff to improve to 2-4.

Top maegashira Kokkai, from Georgia, upended Kaio when he forced the ozeki back at the faceoff and then shoved his opponent down to improve to 3-3.

Kaio, who defeated Tamanoshima easily on Thursday, continues to look inconsistent and dropped to 4-2.

Mongolian Kyokushuzan maintained his share of the lead at 6-0 when No. 7 maegashira Takekaze slipped up at the edge of the ring after being shoved back at the faceoff. Takekaze fell to 3-3.

In an earlier bout, Takanotsuru, a 16th-ranked maegashira, shoved out No. 12 Hayateumi to maintain his share of the lead at 6-0.

Mongolian Hakuho, a No. 3 maegashira, knocked Dejima out of the lead when he swatted the No. 5 maegashira down to improve to 4-2. Dejima fell to 5-1.

Jumonji gave fan favorite Takamisakari a reality check when he butted heads with the No. 7 maegashira before shoving him out to his fourth loss. Jumonji, a No. 11 maegashira, improved to 4-2.



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