• Kyodo


Ozeki Chiyotaikai and Kaio completely dominated their opponents on Friday to stay in a three-way tie for the lead with top maegashira Miyabiyama as the title race winds down at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

With just two days remaining, Chiyotaikai and Kaio exorcised their demons with convincing wins over Musoyama and rank-and-filer Tokitsuumi, respectively, to improve their records to 10-3.

In an all-ozeki rumble in the dohyo, Chiyotaikai exploded out of the crouch and wrung Musoyama with a furious throat-grab that sent his ozeki nemesis reeling helter-skelter into the ringside seats at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Chiyotaikai is the defending Nagoya champion and is chasing his fourth Emperor’s Cup while Musoyama, who dropped to 9-4, is still in the running for his second overall title.

In the day’s final bout, Kaio remained cool as a fan as he grabbed Tokitsuumi (9-4) by the belt and firmly planted the seventh-ranked maegashira over the ridge in a matter of seconds.

Ozeki Tochiazuma, who is just holding on by a thread at 7-6, wasted no time chasing out Takanonami (5-8), quickly grappling the third-ranked wrestler’s belt and barreling him over the ridge.

Struggling sekiwake debutant Kyokutenho (5-9) got the crowd juiced with a powerful frontal force out of Tamanoshima, sending the fourth-ranked grappler to his eighth loss.

Meanwhile, fellow sekiwake Wakanosato (9-4) had to sweat out a lengthy bout with crowd favorite Takamisakari (8-5) but got the third-ranked maegashira wrestler to go down fighting in a hell-raiser.

Top dog maegashira Miyabiyama railroaded 12th-ranked wrestler Kasuganishiki (8-5) to stay in the pack of leaders with just three defeats. The former ozeki is gunning for his first title in the elite makuuchi division.

Tosanoumi (9-4) was the first of the six overnight leaders to bite the dust. The fifth-ranked maegashira was read like a book and pulled to his knees by seventh-ranked maegashira Hokutoriki (8-5) immediately out of the crouch.

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