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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Asashoryu plows ahead

Yokozuna Asashoryu dispatched of Tochinonada in convincing fashion for a second straight victory at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

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Komusubi Wakanosato forces down ozeki Tochiazuma for his second straight victory Monday in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Tochiazuma fell to 1-1.

In the day's final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Asashoryu used his arms to keep Tochinonada at a distance before deploying an effective armlock throw to improve to 2-0 at the 15-day meet.

Asashoryu is gunning for his fourth straight title and 12th career Emperor's Cup, which would tie him with former Samoan-born yokozuna Musashimaru for the most titles won by a foreign wrestler.

The Mongolian yokozuna's only loss this year came against ozeki Tochiazuma on the 13th day of the spring meet where he won the title with a 14-1 record. He has completely dominated the elite division, winning eight of the last nine tournaments.

It was a day of mixed fortune for the three ozeki after Tochiazuma fell to a shock first defeat to komusubi Wakanosato.

Kaio wrapped up Miyabiyama (1-1) by the back of the "mawashi" belt before ushering him over the edge for a second straight win while Chiyotaikai wrenched down Kyokutenho (0-2) violently by the neck for the same spotless record.

But Wakanosato, a former sekiwake, sent Tochiazuma flying over the edge when he sidestepped the ozeki's charge after the pair tussled in a lengthy bout, improving his record to 2-0.

In other major bouts, sekiwake Hakuho never gave Kaiho (1-1) a look in as he kept him at bay with his outstretched arms and spun on the edge before smacking down the fourth-ranked maegashira.

The 20-year-old from Mongolia is being touted as one of Asashoryu's biggest rivals and has gotten off to a strong start after a sub-par 8-7 showing in the spring.



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