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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hakuho swats aside Tosayutaka on day two


NAGOYA — Yokozuna Hakuho tossed aside another would-be opponent in the form of journeyman Tosayutaka on the second day of action at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.

Hakuho, who is seeking an unprecedented eighth consecutive title to surpass former yokozuna Asashoryu, improved to a 2-0 mark at the 15-day tourney — the first regular meet in six months after a match-fixing scandal sent the national sport into a tailspin.

In the day's final, Hakuho, who is bidding for his 20th career title, slammed the No. 1 maegashira with his shoulder before slapping Tosayutaka (0-2) forward and pulling him down by the back of his mawashi at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Veteran Kaio, meanwhile, remained one win shy of matching the all-time career record of 1,045 held by former yokozuna Chiyonofuji after falling to his second defeat in a row at the hands of Goeido.

The Tomozuna ozeki, who turns 39 on the final day of the meet, never got off the ground and was abruptly shown the exit in a frontal force-out by the komusubi, who improved to 1-1.

"I was just thinking about moving forward. That helped me with the victory. I will just remained focus on each day," Goeido said.

Estonian giant Baruto (2-0) held off a pesky Yoshikaze (1-1) when the smaller man tried to sweep out the ozeki's feet with his hands, pulling down the top-ranked maegashira with an overarm throw.

But relegation-threatened Kotooshu was sent tumbling like a ton of bricks to his first loss against Mongolian Kakuryu (2-0), who deployed an overarm technique while spinning the Bulgarian onto his back on the dohyo.

Mongolian Harumafuji (2-0) waited patiently for the right moment to send Tochinoshin (0-2) retreating over the ridge with a series of shoves after the pair got locked at a standstill at the ring's center.

Ozeki promotion-chasing Kotoshogiku got both hands wrapped around Wakakoyu (0-2) before bouncing the No. 3 maegashira over the edge with his large belly to pick up a first win.

The sekiwake, who had double-digit wins in his previous two meets, needs to be part of the title race and notch at least 12 wins to be considered for sumo's second-highest rank.

Fellow sekiwake Kisenosato (1-1) attempted an ill-advised charging technique after getting a right hand on Kyokutenho's (1-1) mawashi and was instead thrown himself into the ringside seats.

In an early bout, makuuchi debutant Fujiazuma made it 2-0 with a textbook frontal force out of Tochinonada, who dropped to 0-2.

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