NAGOYA – Baruto suffered a shock defeat on Sunday at the hands of Myogiryu, who sent the Estonian goliath out of a tie for the lead, while fellow ozeki Harumafuji and yokozuna Hakuho made it a two-horse race at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
Hakuho, the favorite to win his 23rd career title, and Harumafuji improved to 8-0 marks while Baruto joined a quartet one back at 7-1.
In front of a full house to kick off the second week at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Myogiryu quelled Baruto’s attack by not allowing him to get inside for a grip on the mawashi, and steamed forward to knock the ozeki out of the ring.
“I fought good sumo today,” said Myogiryu, who got his second ozeki kill and improved to 5-3 at the 15-day meet. “I did my best to keep him at bay and that worked out for me.”
Hakuho almost ended the day’s final match on the losing side after getting his right hand on the back of Tochiozan’s (1-7) mawashi and slipping to the dirt surface as he attempted an overarm throw. But fortunately for the lone yokozuna, Tochiozan had already broken the barrier with his right foot.
Harumafuji throttled Toyonoshima (1-7) with his left hand before shunting the komusubi out in convincing fashion.
Bulgarian Kotooshu (6-2) was the other ozeki to hit the deck, when Okinoumi came flying out of the crouch for his own frontal crush-out and his first win of the meet.
Ozeki Kisenosato bounced back from a loss to Goeido the previous day, muscling out Wakakoyu (2-6) to stay two off the pace at 6-2. Ozeki Kotoshogiku bellied out Goeido (4-4) to improve to 7-1.
Mongolian ozeki Kakuryu (6-2), meanwhile, escaped a narrow defeat when he inexplicably backpedaled at the face-off against Aminishiki (2-6) but slapped his opponent over the edge while teetering with one leg on the straw bales.
Rank-and-filer Daido (7-1) fell out of a share of the lead in the day’s first bout of the elite makuuchi class as he was shown the exit by Wakanosato (4-4), who deployed an overarm throw for the win.
Brazilian-born Kaisei earned a seventh win, getting a quick left hand deep on the mawashi of Chiyotairyu and taking out his opponent in one smooth motion.
Chiyotairyu (6-2), known as a pusher and thruster, made the fatal mistake of trying to grapple with his larger opponent at the tachiai.
Roly-poly Gagamaru beat Georgian countryman Tochinoshin, ramming his opponent at the charge to win with a ferocious frontal force-out that left both men at 5-3.
Summer basho winner Kyokutenho, who lost to Hakuho and the six ozeki in the first seven days, found no daybreak. He dropped to a losing record when his feet slipped from under him in his bout against Aoiyama (2-6).