Asashoryu trips up Miyabiyama

Yokozuna Asashoryu won his second straight match with a trademark Mongolian trick in a comeback from an opening-day upset defeat at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.

News photoOzeki Chiyotaikai unleashes an upper-arm throw on komusubi Futeno for his first win at the
Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Asashoryu got back to business as the grand champion wasted no time to hold the belt of Miyabiyama (1-2) with both hands and then sent the top-ranked maegashira tumbling to the dohyo on his back with a superb leg sweep at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Asashoryu, aiming for a record-tying sixth straight Emperor Cup, is now one win behind four early joint leaders at the 15-day meet.

In other key bouts, ozeki Tochiazuma rebounded from Monday’s loss to post his second win in an enthralling fight with Kokkai from the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Both wrestlers were locked in spectacular mid-ring exchanges of slaps before Tochiazuma moved into a higher gear and slapped down the winless No. 2 maegashira with perfect timing.

Chiyotaikai, who is in danger of losing his ozeki rank for a record eighth time, brushed aside speculation that he could retire during the tournament for at least one day with a win over giant killer Futeno.

Chiyotaikai (1-2) survived a threat from Futeno and toppled the plucky komusubi with an upper-arm throw to cap a belt-gripping duel, notching his first win of the tournament. Chiyotaikai needs seven more wins to avoid demotion this time out while Futeno, who beat Asashoryu on Sunday, dropped to 2-1.

Winless ozeki Kaio, who is nursing a right hamstring injury and wrestles with his leg heavily taped, could do little against top maegashira Hakuho from Mongolia (1-2) and was walked back out of the ring.

Kaio (0-3) pulled out of the tournament following the loss.

Kotooshu (3-0) showed great tenacity on his way to a come-from-behind win over Mongolian-born Kyokutenho (2-1), who appeared headed for a one-sided force-out win but was outmaneuvered by the Bulgarian sekiwake with deft footwork along the ridge and dropped onto the dirt.

Sekiwake Wakanosato continued his unbeaten run with a comfortable win over No. 2 maegashira Kakizoe (1-2).