Egyptian maegashira tied for lead


Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi remained one of three wrestlers with perfect records on Friday, the sixth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.

Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa, was joined at the top of the leaderboard by the Mongolian yokozuna duo of Harumafuji and Hakuho. Six other wrestlers are in the thick of it with 5-1 records at Bodymaker Colosseum, including the ozeki duo of Kakuryu and Kotoshogiku.

Hakuho, who is seeking his second consecutive championship, had little trouble sending Tochinowaka flying out of the ring to a fourth defeat.

Harumafuji squared off against sekiwake Tochiozan, a man who has given him trouble in the past. The sekiwake charged in low and Harumafuji used a touch more guile than is considered proper for a yokozuna, by dodging to one side and then helping his opponent down with an “uwatenage” overarm throw.

Tochiozan fell to 3-3 in Osaka and 7-13 in his career against Harumafuji.

Osunaarashi displayed balance and quickness in dispatching Takanoiwa, who suffered his second defeat. The Mongolian tried his hand at some tachiai trickery by trying to dodge Osunaarashi’s charge in a “henka” maneuver, but the big Egyptian maintained his balance, pivoted in a flash and tossed Takanoiwa to the sandy surface.

Kakuryu, who is seeking promotion to yokozuna with a championship in Osaka and 13 wins on his slate, had little trouble forcing out Brazilian-born Kaisei, who fell to 1-5.

Kotoshogiku won a drawn-out tugging match to force out Okinoumi (2-4), but the last ozeki to wrestle, Kisenosato, fell to 4-2.

Kisenosato looked as if the toe injury he picked up in January tripped him up in a loss to Yoshikaze (4-2). The ozeki had things in hand, but lost his balance and was easy prey for an underarm throw. Kisenosato had started out with four straight wins before losing on Thursday.

Goeido (5-1) won an all-sekiwake clash that left former ozeki Kotooshu with a 1-5 record.

Mongolian Kyokutenho won a matchup of wrestlers one win off the pace with a powerful “sukuinage” beltless arm throw against Tokushoryu (4-2). Sumo siblings Chiyomaru, a No. 12 maegashira, and his younger brother Chiyootori (No. 5) also won to remain among the wrestlers with a single defeat.

Up-and-comer Endo fought off fellow top maegashira Tamawashi to win his second straight after an 0-4 start. Endo fought off a strong charge by his opponent to turn the tide on his rival and shove him out to a sixth defeat.