Asashoryu throws down Tosanoumi for two-win tourney lead

The Associated Press

Grand champion Asashoryu moved a step closer to another title Thursday when he defeated sekiwake Tosanoumi at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.

Mongolian Asashoryu used a textbook arm throw at the center of the ring to throw Tosanoumi down and improve to a perfect 12-0 in the 15-day tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Tosanoumi fell to 3-9.

Kyokushuzan and Chiyotaikai both lost Thursday giving Asashoryu a two-win cushion heading into the final three days. Asashoryu is gunning for his fourth straight Emperor’s Cup and 12th overall.

In other major bouts, Bulgarian Kotooshu bounced back from Wednesday’s thrashing from Asashoryu and used an arm throw at the edge to send ozeki Chiyotaikai tumbling out to his second loss against 10 wins. Fifth-ranked Kotooshu earned his eighth win against four losses.

Ozeki Tochiazuma got his hand on the neck of Kakizoe and drove the No. 5 maegashira out to improve to 10-2 with his sixth straight win.

Kakizoe, who had no chance against the experienced ozeki wrestler, was handed his sixth loss against six wins.

Mongolian Hakuho won his sixth straight bout and improved to 8-4 when he stepped to his side and swatted down No. 6 maegashira Dejima just after the faceoff. Dejima, who was responsible for several false starts, fell to 6-6.

Hakuho lost four straight bouts in the first week of the tournament but is beginning to show the form that has made him one of the sport’s promising young stars.

Mongolian Kyokushuzan was handed his second loss and fell a further win off the pace in a bout with Kotomitsuki.

No. 9 maegashira Kyokushuzan, who dropped to 10-2, forced Kotomitsuki to the edge and shoved him out but touched the dirt surface with his hand before the komusubi landed.

Top maegashira Roho of Russia bulldozed out Mongolian Kyokutenho to improve to 5-7. Kyokutenho, a No. 3 maegashira, dropped to 4-8.

Komusubi Wakanosato moved a step closer to posting a winning record when he used a series of arm thrusts to send Miyabiyama over the straw ridge.

Wakanosato posted his sixth win against six losses while third-ranked maegashira Miyabiyama dropped to record of 5-7.

Mongolian Ama, a ninth-ranked maegashira, showed deft footwork along the ridge when he swatted down Tamakasuga to improve to 8-4. No. 16 Tamakasuga fell to 7-5.