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Kotoshogiku maintains place among lead pack

Mar 16, 2016

Kotoshogiku maintains place among lead pack

Kotoshogiku’s bid for consecutive titles and a move up to sumo’s ultimate rank of yokozuna continued to gather pace as the ozeki posted a fourth win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Kotoshogiku never gave komusubi Takarafuji (1-3) a chance as he ...

Kotoshogiku displays strength in victory

Mar 15, 2016

Kotoshogiku displays strength in victory

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, pursuing a second straight championship and promotion to yokozuna, improved to 3-0 on Tuesday, the third day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Against an opponent he had routinely beaten in the past, Kotoshogiku needed two tries to overcome No. 2 maegashira ...

Kotoshogiku plows on with promotion push

Mar 14, 2016

Kotoshogiku plows on with promotion push

Ozeki Kotoshogiku’s drive for his second straight championship and promotion to yokozuna continued at full speed Monday, beating Yoshikaze on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku struggled with his balance on the tachiai under pressure from Yoshikaze (1-1). ...

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

Feb 29, 2016

Kotoshogiku guns for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association announced the rankings for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, and ozeki Kotoshogiku will aim to become the first homegrown yokozuna in 18 years when he returns to the prestigious east side. The 32-year-old Kotoshogiku will be up for ...

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Jan 25, 2016

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, who completed an impressive win in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, could earn promotion to yokozuna in March’s Spring tournament. Sumo elder Isegahama, who heads the Japan Sumo Association’s judging department, indicated the ozeki, who became the first Japanese-champion ...

Kotoshogiku keeps title hopes alive

Jan 23, 2016

Kotoshogiku keeps title hopes alive

Ozeki Kotoshogiku came roaring back to move within one win of becoming the first Japanese-born champion in a decade at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Handed a stunning first loss at the meet by longtime friend Toyonoshima on Friday, Kotoshogiku barged ...

Tournament title still up for grabs

Jan 22, 2016

Tournament title still up for grabs

Toyonoshima sentenced ozeki and longtime friend Kotoshogiku to his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, blowing the title race open in the process. Toyonoshima, a seventh-ranked maegashira, drew Kotoshogiku in after the charge and sent him flying with a ...

Kotoshogiku shocks Harumafuji to home in on prize

Jan 21, 2016

Kotoshogiku shocks Harumafuji to home in on prize

Ozeki Kotoshogiku floored Harumafuji on Thursday to complete a clean sweep of yokozuna and retain sole possession of the lead heading into the final straight at the New Year Grand Tournament. Kotoshogiku (12-0), whose sensational form here has put him in position to become ...

Kotoshogiku gets by yokozuna Hakuho to claim sole lead

Jan 20, 2016

Kotoshogiku gets by yokozuna Hakuho to claim sole lead

Kotoshogiku stole the show at the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, when he defeated Hakuho in a clash of unbeaten wrestlers. Seeking to be the first Japanese wrestler to win a tournament in 10 years, Kotoshogiku improved to 11-0 by knocking ...

Kotoshogiku takes out Kakuryu

Jan 19, 2016

Kotoshogiku takes out Kakuryu

Kotoshogiku took a step toward ending a 10-year stretch without a Japanese champion on Tuesday with a win over yokozuna Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The ozeki’s victory added intrigue to Wednesday’s matchup against yokozuna Hakuho, who has beaten Kotoshogiku 46 ...