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Sunday, March 20, 2005

SPRING GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT

Asashoryu trips up Dejima to remain tied for lead

OSAKA (AP) Grand champion Asashoryu tripped up Dejima on Saturday to stay unbeaten and tied for the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Yokozuna Asashoryu forces down No. 5 maegashira Dejima to stay undefeated Saturday in the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

After getting off to a false start in the day's final bout at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium, Mongolian Asashoryu wrapped his left leg around Dejima and upended the No. 5 maegashira to improve to 7-0 along with rank-and-filer Tamanoshima.

Dejima, who was slow leaving the ring, dropped to 3-4.

Asashoryu, who is bidding for his 11th Emperor's Cup, won the New Year tournament with a perfect 15-0 record and has now won 22 bouts in a row.

He won five out of six tournaments last year and has set his sights on all six this year.

In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai bulldozed Bulgarian Kotooshu out to improve to 5-2.

Kotooshu, who was promoted before the Spring tourney, has failed to impress in his komusubi debut and dropped to an unflattering 1-6.

Kaio moved a step closer to the winning record he needs to maintain his ozeki status when he shoved out Tosanoumi to remain one win off the pace at 6-1.

Tosanoumi, a No. 3 maegashira, was handed his third loss against four wins.

Ozeki Tochiazuma improved to 4-3 when he deployed a textbook arm throw to send Iwakiyama tumbling down to the dirt surface.

Iwakiyama, who is making his debut at komusubi, continues to struggle and dropped to 1-6.

Mongolian Hakuho hit another bump in the road when he was hauled down by top maegashira Wakanosato (3-4) at the center of the ring.

Hakuho, who was promoted to sekiwake before the Spring meet, dropped to 3-4.

Earlier, seventh-ranked maegashira Tamanoshima swatted down No. 13 maegashira Futeno to remain tied for the lead at 7-0.

Sekiwake Miyabiyama overpowered Mongolian grappler and top maegashira Kyokutenho to give both wrestlers a record of 2-5.

Russian Roho, a No. 6 maegashira, swatted down eleventh-ranked Kasugao remain two wins off the pace at 5-2. Kasugao has yet to post a win.

Mongolian Ama, a No. 11 maegashira, improved to 5-2 when he muscled out seventh-ranked Jumonji, who dropped to 2-5.



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