NAGOYA – Yokozuna Musashimaru suffered his first defeat at the hands of top maegashira Aminishiki but grand champion Asashoryu walloped Miyabiyama to avoid a second straight loss at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.
Musashimaru, who is back in action after missing three consecutive meets after surgery on his left wrist, tried to overpower Aminishiki using his trademark right-hand thrusts as the penultimate bout got under way at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya.
But the No. 1 maegashira deftly spun around the massive yokozuna and quickly handcuffed one of his arms in a hold before rolling him abruptly over the edge for a decisive first win at the 15-day meet.
Musashimaru, who conspicuously failed to use his ailing left hand, became the third upset of the day after ozeki Kaio and Tochiazuma were also rocked by shock defeats.
In the day’s finale, Mongolian Asashoryu (2-1) got back on track after Monday’s loss to second-ranked maegashira Kotonowaka. The grand champion brawler wasted no time, steamrolling ahead after the face-off before twisting down No. 1 maegashira Miyabiyama (1-2).
Komusubi Tochinonada (1-2) became the first ozeki killer as he bounced Kaio to his first loss with a frontal take-out while newly promoted sekiwake Kyokutenho (2-1) slapped down ozeki Tochiazuma (2-1) as soon as the bout got started.
Ozeki Chiyotaikai sent Kyo-kushuzan backpedaling over the edge in a hailstorm of thrusts before the second-ranked maegashira could mount a proper defense. Chiyotaikai improved to 3-0 while Kyokushuzan remains winless.
Sekiwake Wakanosato (2-1) beat Toki (2-1) to improve his overall record to 7-6 against the fourth-ranked wrestler.
Crowd favorite Takamisakari (2-1), the robot-like No. 3 maegashira, climbed back from the brink of defeat to knock out seventh-ranked grappler Hokutoriki (1-2).
Veteran third-ranked maegashira Takanonami (1-2) used a devastating elbow-lock on Jumonji before applying pressure to haul the sixth-ranked wrestler over the ridge.
Fourth-ranked maegashira Tamanoshima bullied out Buyuzan to earn his fifth straight win without a loss against the sixth-ranked wrestler, leaving both men at 1-2.
Meanwhile, 13th-ranked Kotomitsuki (2-1) gave his hometown fans a raucous cheer when he flipped No. 10 maegashira Otsukasa (1-2) to the clay surface to win his second straight bout.
Earlier, Kotonowaka pulled out of the tournament due to arm and upper chest injuries he sustained in Monday’s bout against Asashoryu, his stable said.
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