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Ozeki Chiyotaikai was tagged with his second loss, while yokozuna Asashoryu and three other wrestlers emerged victorious to keep one step behind Wednesday, the 11th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Chiyotaikai fell prey to sekiwake Wakanosato’s clever sumo and dropped to 9-2 in the 15-day tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

Three rank-and file wrestlers — Hokutoriki, Tokitsuumi and Miyabiyama — improved their records to 8-3 to rub shoulders with Asashoryu.

Against Wakanosato, Chiyotaikai, who is gunning for his first tourney title in four tournaments, appeared a little too anxious.

Both wrestlers got into a “hidari-yotsu” position — right hand outside and left hand inside on the belt — shortly after the jump-off, and Wakanosato (7-4) caught the chunky ozeki off balance with a throwing technique and got him out without much ado.

“I made a bad initial charge. Somehow, I lacked strength today although I tried with all my might,” Chiyotaikai said afterward.

Asashoryu had to struggle a little against No. 5 maegashira Kaiho in the day’s final bout.

While Asashoryu opened up with a barrage of thrusts, Kaiho (5-6) took them well by circling on the dohyo. But the feisty Mongolian yokozuna uncorked a “kotenage” hooked arm throw from the right, sending his hapless foe sprawling on the clay surface.

Ozeki Kaio will only need one more win to retain his ozeki status as he toppled No. 5 maegashira Kotoryu (5-6) with a “shitatenage” underhand arm throw in the day’s penultimate bout.

Crowd favorite Takamisakari, No. 2 maegashira, racked up his fifth win against six losses as he made short work of hefty komusubi Tosanoumi.

Quickly putting both hands inside after the initial charge, the gutsy maegashira ran Tosanoumi (5-6) out.

Top-ranked maegashira Kyokutenho of Mongolia was swung down by komusubi Dejima (7-4) with an underarm throw at the rim and sagged to 5-6.

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