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Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004

Kyokushuzan grabs sole lead

Mongolian magician Kyokushuzan bundled out Tokitsuumi on Saturday to take sole possession of the lead heading into the second week of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu thrusts down No. 2 maegashira Amanoshima at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The former komusubi, who is wrestling as a No. 10 maegashira, grabbed eighth-ranked Tokitsuumi (1-6) by the neck and bumped him up against the straw bales before lifting him out to maintain his unbeaten 7-0 record in the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

Kyokushuzan holds a one-win advantage over Dejima and rank-and-filer Takanotsuru, who suffered his first defeat, while hot on the comeback trail, lone grand champion Asashoryu sits another win behind after an impressive victory over Tamanoshima.

Asashoryu looked back to his bad boy best and is still the favorite to cart home his fifth straight Emperor's Cup despite a pair of early hiccups.

The Mongolian powerhouse allowed Tamanoshima to hoist him off his feet but recovered quickly and got both of his arms wrapped around the No. 2 maegashira and floored him with a clever overarm throw.

Meanwhile, it was another mixed day for ozeki as Kaio eased to a fifth victory, while Chiyotaikai and Musoyama both endured miserable afternoons after losing to unfancied opponents again.

Chiyotaikai (4-3) blew another chance to close the gap on the leader when he was saddled with a second straight defeat at the hands of ozeki killer Kokkai (4-3).

Just as in Friday's defeat to Tamanoshima, the burly ozeki came out strong at the charge but failed to follow up his attack and paid the price as Georgia's Kokkai came storming back to send him out of the dohyo and pick up his third consecutive win.

Kaio, who like the other ozeki has been inconsistent at the this tournament, recovered from his defeat to Kokkai and had little trouble in beating Iwakiyama (4-3) to keep his slim title chances alive with a fifth win.

Fifth-ranked maegashira Dejima forced out Kotoryu (3-4) to stay in contention, while Wakanosato (5-2) blasted out komusubi Kyokutenho (3-4), and fellow sekiwake Miyabiyama (4-3) also won after taking out Tochinonda (5-2).



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