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Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005

Kotooshu remains alone in first at Autumn Grand tournament

The Associated Press

Bulgarian Kotooshu remained undefeated and in sole possession of the lead on Friday, the sixth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Ozeki Tochiazuma shoves out No. 2 maegashira Kakizoe on Friday, the sixth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

In the day's featured bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, sekiwake Kotooshu got both arms around Futeno and bulldozed the komusubi grappler out to improve to 6-0.

Futeno has struggled mightily since defeating Asashoryu on the opening day of the 15-day tournament and dropped to a record of 2-4.

In the day's final bout, grand champion Asashoryu threw down No. 3 maegashira Dejima to remain one win off the pace at 5-1. Dejima dropped to 2-4.

Mongolian Asashoryu is gunning for his sixth straight Emperor's Cup and 13th overall.

Ozeki Chiyotaikai won his fourth straight bout when he swatted down struggling top maegashira Miyabiyama seconds after the faceoff.

Chiyotaikai is well on the way to securing the winning record he needs in this tournament to remain at sumo's second highest rank. Miyabiyama fell to 1-5.

In other major bouts, Mongolian top maegashira Hakuho swatted down sekiwake Wakanosato to pick up his third win against three losses.

The wrestlers hit the dirt surface simultaneously in their first bout and needed a rematch to determine a winner. Wakanosato fell to 4-2.

Ozeki Tochiazuma deployed a series of arm thrusts to the chest to send No. 2 maegashira Kakizoe over the straw ridge. Tochiazuma improved to 5-1, while Kakizoe dropped to 1-5.

Mongolian Kyokutenho continued his impressive form when he defeated struggling No. 2 maegashira Kokkai, who has yet to post a win in the tourney.

Kyokutenho improved to 5-1 to remain one win off the pace.

Earlier, Mongolian Kyokushuzan, a No. 4 maegashira, shoved out seventh-ranked maegashira Hokutoriki to improve to 4-2. Hokutoriki dropped to 3-3.

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