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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Asashoryu rolls over Roho

NAGOYA (AP) Grand champion Asashoryu overpowered Russian Roho to remain undefeated on the second day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

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No. 3 maegashira Futeno forces ozeki Kaio out of the ring Monday in second-day action at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Mongolian Asashoryu was pushed back after the initial faceoff at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium but quickly turned the tables and bulldozed Roho out in the day's final bout to improve to 2-0. No. 3 maegashira Roho dropped to 1-1.

Asashoryu won the summer tourney with a perfect 15-0 record and is bidding for his 13th Emperor's Cup. The 24-year-old Mongolian is also looking to win his fifth straight tournament, a streak last achieved by yokozuna Chiyonofuji.

Asashoryu's only loss this year came at the hands of ozeki Tochiazuma on the 13th day at the spring meet in March.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai stayed undefeated at 2-0 when he tripped up Bulgarian Kotooshu in the day's penultimate bout. Komusubi Kotooshu, who appeared to lose his footing, was handed his first loss.

In the day's first major upset, No. 3 maegashira Futeno came bursting out of the blocks, got ahold of Kaio's belt and waltzed the stunned ozeki out to give both wrestlers a 1-1 record.

Ozeki Tochiazuma remained undefeated at 2-0 when he got a left-handed grip of Tosanoumi's belted and ushered the winless No. 4 maegashira over the straw ridge.

Sekiwake Hakuho got a hold of Kakizoe's belt shortly after the faceoff and flipped the top maegashira over to notch his first win of the tourney. Kakizoe, who had no chance against the determined Mongolian, fell to 0-2.

Sekiwake Kotomitsuki picked up his first win after using an arm thrust to the neck to send fourth-ranked Tamanoshima (1-1) over the edge.

Komusubi Miyabiyama deployed a series of rapid-fire arm thrusts to send Mongolian Kyokushuzan over the straw ridge to pick up his first win. Top maegashira Kyokushuzan was handed his second straight loss.

Further down the ranks, No. 14 maegashira Hakurozan, the brother of Roho, picked up his first win in the elite makuuchi division when he got both hands on the belt of Tamakasuga and lifted the winless 16th-ranked maegashira out to improve to 1-1.

Sixth-ranked maegashira Tochinonada pulled out of the tournament after just one day due to an injured right thigh.



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