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Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Kisenosato handed first defeat at basho


FUKUOKA — Goeido put an early dent in Kisenosato's hopes of promotion to ozeki on Thursday, condemning the sekiwake to his first defeat of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Top-ranked maegashira Goeido (2-3) got hold of Kisensato after a mid-ring chase and stood firm to topple the sekiwake with a "sotogake" outside leg trip at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Ozeki debutant Kotoshogiku calmly dispatched Okinoumi to retain his share of the lead at 5-0 alongside Mongolian yokozunaHakuho and sekiwake Kakuryu.

With his confidence growing with every win in front of his home fans, Kotoshogiku timed his move to perfection and Okinoumi had no answer from that moment onward, the ozeki charging the No. 1 maegashira out and over the bales to stay perfect.

Kotoshogiku is fighting as the first Japanese wrestler to assume the ozeki rank in four years.

Hakuho barely broke sweat in the day's finale, chasing out compatriot Kyokutenho to remain on course for his 21st Emperor's Cup.

In other matches featuring ozeki, Bulgarian Kotooshu stayed one win off the pace and moved halfway to retaining his rank when he picked up No. 3 maegashira Aran and plopped him out to a fifth straight defeat.

Baruto (2-3) bounced back to haul Homasho down to the dirt, handing the komusubi his fifth loss in the process, but Harumafuji was beaten at his own game and dropped to 4-2, komusubi Toyonoshima (3-2) countering to floor the Mongolian with an underarm throw and claim his third ozeki scalp of the tournament.

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