Promotion-chasing sekiwake Tochiozan stunned overnight co-leader Kisenosato on Thursday to maintain his perfect start with a fifth win at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Tochiozan, who beat two yokozuna en route to a 10-5 mark at the last meet in Nagoya, got inside Kisenosato and surged forward to barge the ozeki over the straw bales at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Idle on Wednesday after posting a default win over injury victim Takayasu, Tochiozan is tied for the lead at 5-0 with Mongolian ozeki and summer tourney champion Terunofuji, who defeated third-ranked maegashira Sadanoumi (2-3).
“I’m doing better than I did at the last tournament. I want to take it up a notch and keep winning,” Tochiozan said.
Lone yokozuna Kakuryu slapped down winless No. 2 maegashira Sadanofuji and is tied for second with at 5-1 with Kisenosato and four others.
The other two yokozuna — Hakuho and Harumafuji — have pulled out of the tournament because of injury.
Ozeki Kotoshogiku (3-2) had no answer in his bout against Yoshikaze (3-2) as the top-ranked maegashira bulldozed him over the edge. Victory was a third major scalp for Yoshikaze, whose other wins came against Hakuho and Kakuryu.
“It’s a bit like a dream,” said Yoshikaze of his results against sumo’s big guns. “I don’t really know what is going on but I am going all out for victory every day.”
Ozeki Goeido (3-2) prevailed with a routine force-out of top-ranked Bulgarian maegashira Aoiyama (1-4).
Elsewhere, Egyptian No. 2 maegashira Osunaarashi finally notched his first win of the tournament, putting Georgian komusubi Tochinoshin (2-3) on his backside with a yoritaoshi frontal crush-out technique.
Tochinoshin’s komusubi teammate Okinoumi fared better in his bout, though, as he forced sekiwake Myogiryu (3-2) out to score a second win.
Fourth-ranked Mongolian behemoth Ichinojo got a left-handed grip on the back of Tamawashi’s belt and worked him back over the ridge after an entertaining slapfest to move to 3-2. Fifth-ranked Tamawashi dropped to 2-3.
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