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Friday, March 18, 2005

Pair remain undefeated

OSAKA (AP) Yokozuna Asashoryu overpowered Kakizoe on Thursday to remain undefeated and tied for the lead with Tamanoshima at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu forces down No. 2 maegashira Kakizoe to stay undefeated on the fifth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

Asashoryu got both arms around his opponent and bulldozed the No. 2 maegashira out in the day's final bout at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium to improve to 5-0. Kakizoe fell to 2-3.

Going back to the New Year tourney, Asashoryu has now won 20 bouts in a row.

In other major bouts, ozeki Kaio bounced back from Wednesday's loss to Kotomitsuki when he forced out Mongolian Kyokutenho to improve to 4-1. Kyokutenho, a top maegashira, fell to 2-3.

Bulgarian Kotooshu finally picked up his first win of the 15-day tourney when he sidestepped Miyabiyama at the faceoff and swatted the sekiwake down to give both wrestlers a 1-4 record.

Kotooshu was promoted after the New Year meet but has struggled so far in his komusubi debut.

Mongolian Hakuho posted his second straight win in a bout against Iwakiyama.

No. 4 maegashira Tochinonada fought off a series of arm thrusts and flipped ozeki Chiyotaikai out at the edge to pick up his fourth win against a single loss. Chiyotaikai fell to 3-2.

Tochiazuma became the second ozeki casualty of the day when he was forced out by No. 3 maegashira Tosanoumi, who stayed one win off the pace at 4-1. Tochiazuma dropped to 2-3.

Rank-and-filer Tamanoshima maintained his share of the lead at 5-0 with a decisive victory over Mongolian Kyokusuzan.

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