FUKUOKA – Hakuho took Aminishiki to school with a clinical win and Harumafuji dispensed with Myogiryu as the yokozuna rivals won their second straight bouts at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday.
In the day’s penultimate bout, Hakuho, who is aiming for his 28th career win, conserved his energy well as he absorbed a charge from Aminishiki (1-1), stepped back once for better view, and immediately rammed the top-ranked maegashira into the ringside seats using his right arm.
Hakuho’s total of career championships currently trails only Chiyonofuji’s 31 titles and the legendary Taiho’s 32.
In the day’s finale at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Harumafuji, who is coming off a subpar 10-5 performance in September, got the jump on winless Myogiryu at the tachiai before swatting his opponent to the dirt surface in a matter of seconds.
Mongolian Kakuryu was the sole casualty at sumo’s rank of ozeki after falling to a first defeat in a listless effort against Okinoumi.
Kisenosato manhandled Tochiozan (1-1) after getting his right hand around his opponent’s mawashi and unleashing a shockwave of thrusts to barrel his opponent over the edge for a second win.
Bulgarian Kotooshu, who is facing relegation for the seventh time at sumo’s second-highest rank, stepped back momentarily after the charge in his bout against Kyokutenho (0-2) before grinding his man out in a counterattack to rebound from the previous day’s defeat.
Kakuryu never got his attack rolling against Okinoumi (1-1) and was sent packing in a hailstorm of shoves from his komusubi opponent.
Kotoshogiku bounced back from Sunday’s loss, throwing down Shohozan (1-1) in a lopsided bout but was slow to get up and grimaced as he walked back to the locker room gingerly touching the right side of his chest. The Sadogatake ozeki reportedly was later taken to the hospital.
In an early bout, Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa to appear in the elite division, slipped to his second straight defeat at the hands of Tamaasuka, who improved to 1-1.
Egyptian-born Osunaarashi, whose ring name means “Great Sandstorm,” is learning the hard way that his strength alone isn’t enough to cut it in the makuuchi division.