2019 Haru Basho.

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    Haru Day 1: Takakeisho off to winning start in bid for ozeki promotion
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    While sekiwake Takakeisho started his campaign for promotion to the sport's second-highest rank by beating Myogiryu, Mongolian grand champions Hakuho and Kakuryu suffered mixed fates at the 15-day competition at Edion Arena Osaka as they returned to duty after withdrawing from the previous meet in January.

    The 22-year-old Takakeisho, who competes at sumo's third-highest rank, is in the spotlight as he aims for promotion to ozeki. He made quick work of No. 2 maegashira Myogiryu with a frontal push out.

    Although he won the 33 bouts over the three previous tournaments that are considered a minimum for ozeki promotion, Takakeisho's 9-6 record last September was held against him when his status was discussed. The Japan Sumo Association's judging panel has indicated he will need at least 10 wins here to secure promotion.

    Kakuryu suffered an opening-day upset to fan-favorite komusubi Mitakeumi. Mitakeumi chased the yokozuna across and sent Kakuryu spinning out of the raised ring in the penultimate bout of the day. Mitakeumi beat all three grand champions who took part in January's New Year tourney. Kisenosato, whom he defeated on the first day, later retired after two more losses.

    Hakuho, who is aiming to extend his record for career championships with his 42nd, thrust down komusubi Hokutofuji with his left hand. The 1.3-second match was the day's second quickest.

    Sekiwake Tamawashi defeated No. 3 maegashira Nishikigi as the 34-year-old aims to win back-to-back titles following his maiden victory at the New Year tournament. Tamawashi and Nishikigi shoved each other in the chest and face after the initial clash. The Mongolian sekiwake was pushed toward the edge, but he survived the scare by remaining calm and bulldozing his opponent out of the raised ring.

    The three ozeki wrestlers -Tochinoshin, Goeido and Takayasu- all opened with wins. Goeido dominated his bout against No. 1 Endo and easily defeated the popular maegashira.

    Takayasu struggled to get a hold of the belt of No. 1 Kaisei, but resisted the 204-kilogram Brazilian's charge at the center of the ring before overturning the former sekiwake.

    Despite beating No. 2 Daieisho, Tochinoshin did not appear to be in top form following a thigh injury that forced him to withdraw from the previous tournament. Fighting as a demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki, Tochinoshin was unable to resist the maegashira's charge initial charge. Forced back to the edge of the ring, the Georgian only survived by thrusting down Daieisho.

    Tochinoshin, whose lone championship came in January 2018, needs seven more wins to maintain his status as an ozeki at the next grand tournament in May.

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    Haru Day 2: Both yokozuna earn victories
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    Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against Endo on Monday and celebrated a win on his 34th birthday on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

    In the day’s penultimate bout at Edion Arena Osaka, top-ranked maegashira Endo (0-2) had Hakuho on the ropes, but the Mongolian yokozuna turned his opponent around and nearly sent him off as he gained some distance.

    Hakuho, seeking a record-extending 42nd top division title, quickly seized the opportunity and pushed Endo out to keep his perfect record.

    Fellow grand champion Kakuryu also prevailed, holding out against No. 1 Kaisei (0-2) to earn his first win after an opening-day upset to komusubi Mitakeumi at the 15-day meet.

    Among the ozeki, hometown favorite Goeido easily dispatched new komusubi Hokutofuji (0-2) to improve to 2-0. Hokutofuji, fighting in the sanyaku ranks, the three below yokozuna, for the first time in his career, was put on edge by the ozeki after making a false start and was quickly driven out in his second attempt.

    Takayasu (2-0) fended off a strong effort from Mitakeumi (1-1) in a bout that lasted nearly two minutes. Mitakeumi immediately drove the ozeki to edge of the straw, but was shifted into an awkward low position after Takayasu stopped the charge. After the wrestlers, who both have Filipino mothers, locked into a lengthy stalemate, it was Takayasu who took the next step, charging the komusubi out before falling off the ring himself.

    Tochinoshin lost his bout against No. 2 Myogiryu (1-1) and evened his account after winning on Day 1. The Georgian was caught upright in the initial clash and was unable to stand his ground against Myogiryu’s lethal charge.

    Sekiwake Tamawashi, seeking back-to-back titles after his maiden win in January, suffered his first defeat of the tournament at the hands of No. 2 Daieisho (1-1). The Mongolian champion was caught off balance trying to mount an offensive against his opponent, allowing Daieisho to push him down and out of the ring.

    His sekiwake counterpart Takakeisho, meanwhile, stayed on track for a promotion to ozeki, sumo’s second-highest rank, with a win over No. 3 Nishikigi (0-2). The 22-year-old, the second-youngest man in the division, dug in low against the maegashira and exhibited his definitive push-out technique to remain undefeated.

    Among the rank-and-file wrestlers, 24-year-old top-division debutants Daishoho, Terutsuyoshi and Tomokaze all took losses on the second day of action in Osaka.

    No. 16 Daishoho and No. 14 Terutsuyoshi, the shortest man in the division at 169 centimeters, are still looking for their first top-tier wins, while No. 13 Tomokaze opened the tournament Sunday by beating No. 13 Kagayaki.

    Former sekiwake Toyonoshima (1-1), fighting in makuuchi for the first time in nearly three years due to an Achilles tendon rupture, was thrust down by No. 15 Kotoeko (1-1) and suffered his first loss of the meet.

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    Some good matches in the first two days. I liked the long Takayasu vs. Mitakeumi match on day 2. Kotoshogiku has started off well but Tochinoshin still seems injured. I hope Kakuryu stays strong, I was disappointed that he lost on day 1.
     
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    Hard to call a winner at this early stage.

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    Haru Day 3: Poised Hakuho battles back to remain unbeaten at Spring meet
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    Yokozuna Hakuho surrendered the initial advantage on his opening charge, but recovered to beat mountainous maegashira Kaisei for his third win after three days of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.

    A day after his 34th birthday, the Mongolian yokozuna let No. 1 Kaisei grab the first belt hold, and looked in danger of defeat. But with his typical calm demeanor under pressure and some superb footwork, Hakuho shook off Kaisei’s hold while latching on to the front of the Brazilian’s belt with his right hand. When Hakuho yanked upward, Kaisei teetered on one leg and was easily maneuvered out of the ring.

    Fellow yokozuna Kakuryu (2-1) triumphed despite a poor charge against Endo (0-3). The top-ranked maegashira twisted away to avoid the brunt of Kakuryu’s charge, but was unable to turn quickly enough to slap the yokozuna down.

    Endo managed to force Kakuryu back to the straw but a thunderous shove meant to push him from the ring missed badly. Kakuryu then easily pushed out his off-balance opponent.

    Tochinoshin’s battle to remain in the ozeki ranks in May looks more and more like an uphill climb after starting the tournament with three unimpressive performances and his second loss.

    The Georgian made headway as he charged forward against Hokutofuji (1-2), but lacked the strength to exploit his advantage. Instead, the komusubi regrouped and shoved the once-overpowering ozeki from the ring with a minimum of trouble.

    Ozeki Takayasu (2-1) stood his ground on the opening charge but looked clueless when he failed to get a belt hold of No. 2 Daieisho (2-1) at mid-ring. Daieisho took advantage of the ozeki’s hesitation to drive him out. “My charge was good, and I was able to square him up,” said Daieisho, who beat the ozeki for the first time in four career bouts.

    Ozeki Goeido (3-0) overpowered No. 3 Nishikigi with his initial charge and ushered him out in a heartbeat to his third loss.

    Takakeisho also looked out of sync as he suffered his first loss of the tournament. The sekiwake came out with his usual slapping and thrusting attack, but Mitakeumi (2-1) hung in. Takakeisho turned the komusubi’s right flank and tried to thrust him down, but whiffed with his right arm and set himself up to be forced out. With the loss, Takakeisho fell to 3-7 in his career against the komusubi.

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    Two losses in a row for Tamawashi. Goeido is looking strong in these early days. Good match between Mitakkeumi and Takekeisho.

    Would Tochinoshin lose his ozeki rank if he pulls out of this basho before his eighth win?
     
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    Yes, Tochinoshin would be demoted, unless he withdrew having already secured his eight wins, which is not a certainty on his current form.

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    Haru Day 4: Ozeki hopeful Takakeisho bounces back
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    Sekiwake Takakeisho bounced back from his first loss of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a win against komusubi Hokutofuji.

    The 22-year-old ozeki hopeful charged Hokutofuji (1-3) to the edge of the straw in the first bout of the day between highly-ranked wrestlers at Edion Arena Osaka, but the komusubi rallied back and held his ground.

    After a slap-down attempt from Hokutofuji failed, he lost his balance and Takakeisho (3-1) seized the chance, nimbly pulling his opponent down to the clay. He faces fellow sekiwake Tamawashi on Day 5.

    Yokozuna Hakuho stands atop five wrestlers who kept their perfect records on Day 4, including ozeki Goeido, former ozeki Kotoshogiku, No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo and No. 15 Ishiura.

    When Hakuho’s initial charge against No. 2 Daieisho (2-2) was fended off, the Mongolian navigated around his opponent for an opening.

    Daieisho tried to push the yokozuna out at the edge of the ring, but fell as Hakuho sidestepped and balanced himself on the straw, before leaping into the front row to the delight of fans.

    Fellow Mongolian Kakuryu won his third straight bout, surviving a scare against No. 2 Myogiryu (2-2). The yokozuna was initially driven back, but rallied for a push-out victory.

    Hometown favorite Goeido stayed perfect by making quick work of top-ranked maegashira Kaisei (0-4). The native of Osaka’s Neyagawa city took Kaisei’s belt with a left-handed overarm grip and rotated the bulky Brazilian over the edge.

    Ozeki Takayasu (3-1) also earned a win on Day 4 by beating winless No. 1 Endo. The wrestlers came into the bout having split their previous fourteen matches.

    Takayasu attempted to get a belt hold on the fan favorite, but after being unable to secure a grip, he switched gears and steamrolled Endo out.

    Demotion-threated Tochinoshin (2-2), the first ozeki to win on Wednesday, demonstrated his power by hoisting No. 3 Nishikigi out to his fourth loss.

    In a test of strength, both wrestlers grabbed early belt holds as each attempted to wrangle the other out of the ring. With Nishikigi teetering on the straw, Tochinoshin revved his engine and powered his 175-kg opponent out.

    Komusubi Mitakeumi improved to 3-1 after defeating January’s champion Tamawashi (1-3). Mitakeumi inched the Mongolian sekiwake towards the edge of the ring, then shoved him out with a surprise charge.

    Among the rank-and-file, Terutsuyoshi got his first win in the top division by out-maneuvering No. 11 Meisei (2-2). The No. 14 maegeshira, who made his professional debut nine years ago, skillfully denied Meisei an arm hold, then spun his opponent around and pushed him out for the maiden victory.

    Fellow 24-year-old makuuchi debutants Daishoho (2-2) and Tomokaze (2-2) faced each other for the first time in the top tier, with the Mongolian native Daishoho coming out on top. The newcomers had both earned their first wins earlier in the meet.

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    I'm still concerned for Tochinoshin. He struggled to beat Nishikigi and has heavyweight Kaisei on Thursday. I hope he makes his eight wins.

    Of the veterans, Goeido and Kotoshogiki look good thus far after having some recently poor tournaments.
     
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    Yes, Tochinoshin will have to scrap hard to get his eight wins this time.

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    Haru Day 5: Hakuho overcomes determined Myogiryu to stay unbeaten
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    In the final bout of Day 5 at Edion Arena Osaka, Hakuho showed strength and willpower to maintain his pursuit of a record-extending 42nd top-level title.

    The Mongolian superstar led with his right forearm, pushing and slapping Myogiryu to the edge. But the No. 2 maegashira stood his ground, attempting to topple Hakuho with his arm on the inside. The two became separated before a fierce exchange of blows that ended with Hakuho thrusting Myogiryu (2-3) to the clay.

    Ozeki Goeido, No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo and No. 8 Kotoshogiku are still unbeaten at the 15-day tournament.

    Local favorite Goeido delighted his home crowd with a dynamic push-down win over No. 3 Shodai. The ozeki, a native of Osaka’s Neyagawa city, followed his customary hard shoulder charge with a quick shove that sent the winless Shodai tumbling over the straw.

    Towering Ichinojo was barely troubled by No. 5 Onosho (3-2), quickly slinging him to the ground after the opening collision. Continuing a run of decisive wins, former ozeki Kotoshogiku turned around No. 9 Ikioi (1-4) and forced him out from behind.

    Yokozuna Kakuryu improved to 4-1 with an easy slap-down win over No. 2 Daieisho. After the pair inadvertently butted heads at the jump, Daieisho (2-3) surged forward but was sent flying as Kakuryu slipped to the side.

    In a battle of the two komusubi, Hokutofuji pushed out Mitakeumi to improve to 2-3. Following a hard impact, the pair jostled for a hold, but it was Hokutofuji who found an opening to drive Mitakeumi (3-2) from the dohyo.

    Tamawashi, winner of the previous tournament in January, defeated fellow sekiwake Takakeisho, who is seeking promotion to ozeki. Takakeisho (3-2) came in low and hard, driving Tamawashi back, but the Mongolian dug in at the edge of the straw before reversing the momentum. The pair exchanged a series of hard slaps and shoves before Tamawashi (2-3) forced Takakeisho’s back foot outside the straw.

    Ozeki Takayasu improved to 4-1 by defeating No. 3 Nishikigi (0-5) with a frontal force-out. Driving hard with his right shoulder, Takayasu got hold of both of Nishikigi’s arms and quickly bulldozed him out backward.

    Injury-hampered Georgian ozeki Tochinoshin picked up his third win by outmuscling Brazilian No. 1 maegashira Kaisei (0-5). The two powerfully built wrestlers both gained belt holds after a hard impact, but it was Tochinoshin (3-2), with his right leg heavily bandaged, who used his stronger position to get the win by frontal force-out.

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    A good win for Tochinoshin over Kaisei. That is a lot of weight on his injured knee. At this rate Mitakeumi and Takakeisho are not going to get any promotion this basho.

    Looked as if Yoshikaze got a concussion. I also thought that Chiyotairyu lost his match with Okinoumi as he exited the dohyo first. At least a mono-ii should have been called.
     
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    Haru Day 6: Hakuho and Ichinojo remain unbeaten
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    The Mongolian superstar overcame winless No. 3 maegashira Nishikigi by frontal force out in the penultimate bout on Day 6 of the 15-day tournament at Edion Arena Osaka.

    For the second straight day, Hakuho was made to work hard by a rank-and-file opponent, this time escaping a throw attempt before driving his way to victory.

    Following a fierce collision, Nishikigi locked Hakuho’s right arm, but the yokozuna countered with a belt grip. With the pair latched onto each other at the center of the ring, Nishikigi maneuvered for an arm-lock throw, but Hakuho held his ground, took a double inside grip, then drove his opponent out.

    Gigantic No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo is the other wrestler with a perfect 6-0 record. He stayed in the hunt for a maiden championship by dispatching No. 1 Endo (1-5) with a slap down. The pair exchanged pushes and slaps at the outset before 193-cm Ichinojo pulled his opponent face-first to the clay.

    Local favorite Goeido took his first loss of the tournament, losing a second straight meeting against No. 2 Daieisho. The ozeki lost momentum after the jump as he unsuccessfully sought an inside grip, giving the maegashira an opening.

    Daieisho (3-3), who has also beaten ozeki Takayasu and sekiwake Tamawashi here, quickly surged forward to drive Goeido out.

    “The initial charge was good, and I was able to push him away,” Daieisho told NHK in his post-bout interview. “The quality of my sumo has been very good and I want to continue it to the final day. (The wins over elite wrestlers) have boosted my confidence, but I would like to do much better.”

    No. 8 Kotoshogiku (5-1) also took his first loss of the meet, getting forced out by No. 7 Aoiyama (5-1). The Bulgarian-born maegashira drove both hands high into Kotoshogiku’s chest and bulldozed the former ozeki out backward.

    Yokozuna Kakuryu picked up his fifth straight win with a slap-down of No. 3 Shodai (0-6). After missing a belt hold, Kakuryu (5-1) drove Shodai to the edge but the maegashira surged back. After a back-and-forth shoving battle, the yokozuna slapped his opponent to the clay.

    Ozeki Takayasu, who is aiming for his first top-level championship, improved to 5-1 with a relatively easy win over No. 2 Myogiryu. Myogiryu (2-4) secured a two-handed grip on his opening charge, but Takayasu used his power and bulk to drive the maegashira over the straw with a quick surge.

    Ozeki Tochinoshin improved to 4-2 with an impressive win by overarm throw against komusubi Mitakeumi (3-3).

    Sekiwake Takakeisho also raised his record to 4-2 by pushing out winless No. 1 Kaisei. After a hard collision, the rising star, who is chasing promotion to ozeki, turned Kaisei around and shoved him out from behind.

    Sekiwake Tamawashi, winner of the January tournament, dug deep to beat newly promoted komusubi Hokutofuji and improve to 3-3. In a battle of pusher-thrusters, Hokutofuji had the early momentum as he shoved Tamawashi to the edge of the straw. But the Mongolian fought his way back, driving Hokutofuji (2-4) to the opposite side before toppling him with a powerful shove.

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    Ichinojo has looked good but I'm certain he'll lose his thunder is the coming days and struggle to get his eighth win in day 14 or 15. That seems to be his pattern. I do like the rare times he uses a more aggressive sumo.

    Tochinoshin had a good win today and looks better. I hope he keeps it up. A good win for Daieisho over Goeido today as well.
     
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    Yes, once Ichinojo faces more of the top-rankers he struggles to cope with their greater agility.

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    Haru Day 8: Hakuho takes sole lead of Spring Grand Tournament
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    Hakuho, seeking a record-extending 42nd top division title, looked on the verge of an upset against No. 4 maegashira Tochiozan midway through the 15-day meet at Edion Arena Osaka.

    Tochiozan (1-7), who has only beaten Hakuho twice in 40 attempts, resisted the yokozuna's initial charge and pulled him down and around into a dangerous position, wrapping his arms around Hakuho from behind. But as Tochiozan attempted to charge the Mongolian out, Hakuho twisted back, securing a left arm lock on the maegashira, which he used to sling Tochiozan to the clay and secure a winning record on schedule.

    In the last bout of the day, Kakuryu dispatched komusubi Hokutofuji (2-6) to record his seventh straight victory. The other Mongolian yokozuna joined ozeki Goeido and Takayasu, No. 4 Ichinojo and No. 7 Aoiyama as one of five wrestlers a win behind Hakuho.

    Ichinojo (7-1) fell one win behind at the hands of Tochinoshin (5-3), who muscled the massive Mongolian from the ring with a tremendous show of strength.

    The Georgian ozeki found himself surprised by Ichinojo, against whom he holds a 14-5 record, when the Mongolian slipped to the side in the initial charge. But after a lengthy lock-up, Tochinoshin found an opening, mounted an offensive and shifted the heaviest man in the top division steadily over the straw.

    Among the other ozeki, Osaka native Goeido (7-1) kept his hopes of a hometown championship alive with a win over Tamawashi (4-4). Goeido was momentarily stunned by a slap from the sekiwake and found himself backed into a hole. But after locking onto the Mongolian's belt, Goeido stepped on the gas and quickly bulldozed his challenger out.

    Takayasu (7-1) also remained one win behind the lead with a push-out win against No. 3 Shodai, who fell to a losing record after suffering his eighth straight loss. The ozeki bulldozed Shodai to the straw, and when the winless rank-and-filer evaded by circling the edge of the ring, Takayasu met him and sent him out with several well-timed shoves.

    Takakeisho (6-2) remained on track for an ozeki promotion with his third straight win, a decisive victory against Endo (2-6). The sekiwake met Endo's initial charge and steamrolled the maegashira out without giving his opponent a chance to answer back.

    Kaisei (1-7) ended a seven-bout losing streak by beating komusubi Mitakeumi (3-5). The top-ranked maegashira improved to 7-1 against Mitakeumi, who put up little fight against the Brazilian and suffered his fourth straight defeat.

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    Tochiozan came so close to an upset on Sunday but Hakuho is just too good in the doyho.
     
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    Haru Day 9: Four one-loss wrestlers pursue perfect Hakuho
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    Yokozuna Hakuho earned his ninth straight win and remained the only undefeated wrestler at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

    In the final bout at Edion Arena Osaka, Hakuho took on komusubi Mitakeumi (3-6), who earned his first top-division title last July in Nagoya and beat Hakuho at their last meeting in January. The Mongolian yokozuna locked Mitakeumi up with a left-handed inside belt grip, pivoted the komusubi towards the edge and then bulldozed him out in relatively anticlimactic fashion following an impressive victory on Day 8.

    Hakuho faces Kyushu champion Takakeisho on Tuesday.

    Yokozuna Kakuryu, ozeki Takayasu, No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo and No. 7 Aoiyama all clinched winning records on Day 9 of the 15-day meet and remain one win behind Hakuho.

    Kakuryu (8-1) wasted little time forcing out struggling No. 4 Tochiozan (1-8). The yokozuna dug into Tochiozan’s armpit to raise his center of gravity, then steamrolled the rank-and-filer over the straw to remain on the heels of his colleague.

    Local favorite Goeido (7-2) put on a major league show for his hometown fans, but was eventually upset by former sekiwake Ichinojo (8-1). Goeido was able to secure his favored right-handed inside grip on the Ichinojo’s belt right away, but found himself in a standstill with the heaviest man in the top division. After the ozeki tried to swing the 226-kilogram Mongolian to the edge, Ichinojo countered with his own offensive, capturing Goeido with an arm lock and swinging him around and down.

    Takayasu (8-1) came out on top against rival Tamawashi (4-5) to take a one-bout lead in 23 career matchups. Tamawashi took the ozeki to the edge, but the Mongolian sekiwake lost some steam as Takayasu rallied and pushed him out.

    Tochinoshin (6-3) defeated No. 3 Shodai (0-9) and is now two wins away from ensuring his ozeki status. The Georgian tried to drive out the winless maegashira but could not get any leverage as both wrestlers held each other upright. With Shodai also unable to make headway, Tochinoshin marshalled his strength and took his opponent out with an overarm throw.

    Ozeki hopeful Takakeisho withstood an onslaught of shoves from No. 5 Chiyotairyu (5-4) and improved to 7-2. Takakeisho was put on the backfoot after a hard initial clash, and was nearly driven to the straw by Chiyotairyu’s strong thrusts. But as Takakeisho slid back on the sand, the sekiwake used his opponent’s momentum to pull Chiyotairyu down and stay on track for a promotion.

    New komusubi Hokutofuji (3-6) ended a three-bout losing streak with a win against Kaisei (1-8). Hokutofuji employed some fancy footwork while denying the top-ranked maegashira a belt hold, then swung Kaisei down when the Brazilian lunged too far outside.

    Among the lower-ranked wrestlers, Bulgarian-born Aoiyama (8-1) secured a winning record and remained in contention with a win over No. 9 Ikioi (1-8), who fell to his eighth straight loss.

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  19. Michelle Stevens

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    Mitakeumi has really had a bad basho thus far. Tamawashi is also surely not going to get the Emperor's Cup this time around.

    My prediction on Ichinojo has been false as he got eighth win but I'm eager to see him against an ozeki or yokozuna.

    As long as Kakuryu and Takayasu do well I'm pleased. Looks like some good matching coming on Tuesday.
     
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    Tamawashi will be lucky if he gets eight wins this time.

    Ichinojo lost to Tochinoshin but beat Goeido, still has the two Yokozuna and Takayasu to take on.

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