Takakeisho became the only wrestler with a perfect record following his win over fellow komusubi Kaisei on Friday, the sixth day of the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Takakeisho grabbed Kaisei’s throat before thrusting the Brazilian down to the clay with his left hand at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Kaisei (1-3-2) had missed the first two days of the tournament due to a left calf injury, and was on the backfoot from the outset.
The 22-year-old Takakeisho, who opened this meet with a win over grand champion Kisenosato, will face sekiwake Mitakeumi (3-3) on Saturday.
Ozeki Takayasu (5-1) bounced back from his Day 5 defeat, beating No. 2 maegashira Tamawashi (3-3). Takayasu is now part of a six-way tie, one win behind Takakeisho.
With all three grand champions out injured, the 28-year-old Takayasu still has an opportunity to claim his maiden top-division championship. Takayasu will face No. 3 maegashira Ryuden (1-5) on Saturday for the first time in the top-makuuchi division.
No. 2 Tochiozan suffered his first loss of the tournament, losing to No. 3 Nishikigi (2-4) after defeating five of the six highest-ranked wrestlers in the tournament. The only elite wrestler to avoid Tochiozan is his Kasugano Stable cohort, ozeki Tochinoshin, whom he won’t face — since stablemates don’t face each other except in championship playoffs.
In the day’s final bout, Tochinoshin (3-3) was pushed out by No. 4 Shodai (4-2). The Georgian has now lost seven of 12 career bouts against the maegashira.
«My body moved really well. I’m just wrestling the way I always do,» Shodai said. «I think I’ve been wrestling in a good condition here, and hope to continue this until the final day.»
In the penultimate bout, Goeido posted his third win by crushing No. 3 Ryuden’s hopes of beating an ozeki on his first try. The ozeki resisted Ryuden’s attempt at a throw, and forced him backwards as the maegashira collapsed on his back.
The 227-kilogram Ichinojo (1-5) fell to his fifth straight loss, while fellow sekiwake Mitakeumi managed to post a win over Hokutofuji (3-3). The Mongolian mountain Ichinojo resisted top-ranked maegashira Myogiryu’s slaps at the edge, but stepped out of the ring while he was reaching for his opponent’s belt. Myogiryu improved to 4-2.
All three grand champions have pulled out of the Kyushu basho, the final meet of the year. Kisenosato, who started the tournament as the sole yokozuna, pulled out Thursday after his fourth consecutive defeat.
All — Kyodo News+