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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kotoshogiku maintains hot start in easy victory


Ozeki Kotoshogiku held on to the only perfect record at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with an effortless victory over Aminishiki on Friday.

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Yokozuna Hakuho muscles down Gagamaru on Friday, the sixth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. KYODO

Kotoshogiku improved to 6-0 by bulldozing Aminishiki (3-3) out of the ring at Ryogoku Kokugikan for his 19th victory in 32 meetings over the komusubi.

On the trail of Kotoshogiku, who faces No. 2 maegashira Myogiryu (3-3) on Saturday, is a pack of nine wrestlers at 5-1 including Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho.

Hakuho outclassed Gagamaru (2-3) to make it 3-for-3 against the second-ranked maegashira, sending the round mound from Georgia tumbling onto the surface to win by uwatenage.

Hakuho on Saturday faces Toyohibiki (3-3), the No. 3 maegashira falling at the hands of ozeki Baruto (5-1) and saw his three-bout win streak come to an end.

At the other end of the standings, Aran was ushered over the ropes by Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu (3-3) for his sixth defeat in as many days.

Komusubi Homasho joined Aran as tournament doormats at 0-6, going down with a whimper to ozeki Kakuryu.

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