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Saturday, Sep. 17, 2011

Three still unbeaten after tournament's sixth day


Kotoshogiku reached the halfway mark in his ozeki promotion bid with a convincing win over Toyonoshima at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday.

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Power is key: Tochiozan (front) stays poised against Baruto en route to a victory on Friday at Ryogoku Kokugikan. KYODO

Kotoshogiku, who needs 12 wins in the 15-day meet for promotion, improved to 6-0 to maintain a share of the lead with yokozuna Hakuho and fellow sekiwake Kisenosato at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The 27-year-old from Fukuoka, carrying the nation's hopes of the birth of a homegrown ozeki, defeated komusubi Toyonoshima with a textbook frontal force out. Toyonoshima dropped to 1-5.

Hakuho dismissed Takekaze (1-5) in dominant fashion, the lone yokozuna from Ulan Bator getting a razor-sharp jump at the face-off and quickly pushing the third-ranked maegashira out of the ring.

Kisenosato had no trouble disposing of Homasho (3-3), powering the No. 1 maegashira out with a frontal force out for his sixth win.

Of the three ozeki, Harumafuji (3-3), whose hopes of earning promotion to yokozuna are all but dead, bounced back from back-to-back losses in the previous two days to beat winless Russian komusubi Aran.

Estonian man mountain Baruto (4-2) sent veteran maegashira Wakanosato (2-4) out of the ring with just one push. Perennial Bulgarian disappointment Kotooshu, however, took his fifth loss at the hands of Tochiozan (5-1).

Kotooshu quickly went off-balance and got nothing going against the third-ranked Japanese maegashira.

Mongolian sekiwake Kakuryu was pushed out by Okinoumi, leaving both men at 3-3.

In earlier bouts, Czech-born makuuchi debutant Takanoyama picked up his first win after he appeared to have been bulldozed out of the ring but the judges ruled that Shotenro's (2-4) right foot touched the ground first.

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