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Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005

Kotooshu downs Dejima, keeps lead

Bulgarian Kotooshu quickly dispatched Dejima on Saturday to remain undefeated and in the sole lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

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Sekiwake Kotooshu forces down No. 3 maegashira Dejima to stay unbeaten Saturday on the seventh day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Sekiwake Kotooshu jumped to his side after the faceoff at Ryogoku Kokugikan and sent No. 3 maegashira Dejima over the straw ridge after getting a grip on the back of his opponent's belt.

Kotooshu improved to a perfect 7-0 while Dejima was handed his fifth loss against a pair of wins in the 15-day tourney.

In the day's final bout, Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu overpowered compatriot Kyokutenho to improve to 6-1. Third-ranked maegashira Kyokutenho dropped to 5-2.

Ozeki Tochiazuma stayed one win off the pace at 6-1 after relying on a series of shoves to the chest to send No. 4 maegashira Iwakiyama out to his third loss against four wins.

Mongolian Hakuho, a top maegashira, deployed an arm throw to send ozeki Chiyotaikai over the edge. Both wrestlers stand at 4-3.

Chiyotaikai, who had won four in a row, needs a winning record in this tourney to maintain his ozeki status.

Earlier Saturday, sekiwake Wakanosato was forced to pull out of the tournament after injuring his thigh in Friday's loss to Hakuho. Georgian-born No. 2 maegashira Kokkai, who was to face Wakanosato Saturday, picked up his first win of the tournament by way of default.

Wakanosato, who looked solid before losing to Hakuho, stands at 4-3.

In an all-komusubi showdown, Kotomitsuki prevailed in a bout with Futeno, who defeated Asashoryu on the opening day but has now lost five in a row.

Kotomitsuki got a hold of Futeno's belt at the center of the ring and flung his opponent out to pick up his fifth win while Futeno fell to 2-5.

Top maegashira Miyabiyama got back on the winning track when he spun Kyokushuzan around and shoved the Mongolian grappler out to pick up his second win against five losses. No. 4 maegashira Kyokushuzan was handed his third defeat against four wins.

Further down the ranks, No. 6 maegashira Kotoshogiku shoved out seventh-ranked maegashira Hokutoriki to improve to 5-2. Hokutoriki fell to 3-4.



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