Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten


The three-way race for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament title remained intact on Tuesday as each yokozuna improved to 10-0 and ozeki Kakuryu moved to 9-1 on the 10th day of competition at Bodymaker Colosseum.

Yokozuna Hakuho needed just 2.2 seconds to earn his 10th victory. The Mongolian upended struggling former ozeki Kotooshu with an overarm throw after they collided on the charge. Kotooshu, who is wrestling for the second time as a sekiwake following his demotion from the sport’s No. 2 rank, fell to 1-9.

Yokozuna Harumafuji joined his compatriot at the top of the leaderboard with a frontal push out of Shohozan (4-6). Harumafuji nearly toppled the komusubi with his charge and then quickly mopped up to remain perfect in Osaka, although it took him 0.7 seconds longer than Hakuho to reach the finish line.

Kakuryu overcame some dogged opposition from komusubi Toyonoshima (4-6). The ozeki is aiming for a tournament title with 13 or more wins in order to earn promotion to yokozuna. Kakuryu latched onto his opponent’s belt with his right hand and hung on for dear life until Toyonoshima was spent and could be forced out.

Kisenosato, who two months ago was himself eying promotion to yokozuna, came to Kansai needing eight wins to ensure he fights as an ozeki in May. He accomplished that mission by forcing out No. 4 maegashira Ikioi (4-6). The ozeki’s eighth win left him and sekiwake Goeido at 8-2 and still in the mix for a potential championship here.

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, who is nursing a taped-up right shoulder, appeared to lose strength in his arm midway through his match against Takayasu (4-6) and fell easy prey to a beltless arm throw. The ozeki, whose record fell to 5-5, looked to be in pain after the bout.

Egyptian Osunaarashi did not fight on Tuesday due to injury and suffered his third loss, by default to fellow rank-and-file wrestler Chiyootori (7-3). Osunaarashi is suffering from a thigh injury and his condition will be monitored on Wednesday before a decision is made about whether or not he competes.