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Kakuryu will go into next month’s Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in pole position as he searches for his seventh career championship, while Takakeisho returns at the sport’s second-highest rank of ozeki, according to the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday.

Kakuryu sits atop sumo’s mountain as east yokozuna for the 15-day tournament, which starts Nov. 10 at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Hakuho was slotted into the other yokozuna slot on the west.

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