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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quartet still unbeaten in Spring Tournament

OSAKA (Kyodo) Baruto snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and moved into the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament still tied for the lead after seeing off top-ranked maegashira Kakuryu on Saturday.

The promotion-chasing sekiwake has ridden his luck on more than one occasion so far at the 15-day meet and looked to be on his way over the straw ridge after being mugged by Kakuryu (2-5) at the charge at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

But the Estonian bulldozer quickly regained his composure at the edge and countered to barge out his Mongolian opponent and stay on course for a move up to sumo's second rank of ozeki.

Baruto, who needs at least 13 wins here to stand a realistic chance of promotion, is tied at 7-0 with yokozuna and title favorite Hakuho, ozeki Harumafuji and rank-and-filer Tokitenku.

Hakuho put on a sumo clinic in the day's finale, sending Kotoshogiku (5-2) sprawling with an underarm throw after landing a series of juicy shots to the third-ranked grappler's face.

Harumafuji remained in title contention but was made to huff and puff for his seventh win after being given a rough ride by Toyonoshima, who dropped to 3-4.



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