Mitakeumi knocks off 2nd yokozuna

The Yomiuri Shimbun

No. 1 maegashira Mitakeumi, left, goes on the offensive against yokozuna Kakuryu on the fourth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The Japan NewsNo. 1 maegashira Mitakeumi on Wednesday picked up another flashy victory at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The upstart jumped all over yokozuna Kakuryu at the tachiai and knocked off the Mongolian on the fourth day of action to earn his second kinboshi — a victory by a rank-and-file wrestler over a yokozuna — of both the tournament and his career. Both men are now 3-1.

Meanwhile, yokozuna Hakuho never allowed winless Tochinoshin to get leverage, slowly working the komusubi to the edge and out to stay perfect.

Yokozuna Harumafuji evened his record at 2-2 by making quick work of No. 2 maegashira Arawashi. He got the maegashira off-kilter before shoving him out with a jumping thrust near the bales.

Ozeki Kisenosato, still in search of his first career tournament title, improved to 4-0 by dancing away from No. 2 maegashira Shohozan near the bales for a slap-down victory.

No. 3 maegashira Ikioi knocked off Terunofuji, driving into the ozeki at the jump-off and quickly forcing him to the edge. Ikioi avoided a throw attempt, and the off-balanced ozeki lost his footing and the bout, dropping to 1-3.

Ozeki Goeido took advantage of winless No. 1 maegashira Takarafuji to get back on track. The ozeki wore out his opponent before twisting him down near the bales to move to 2-2.

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, facing demotion if he doesn’t earn a majority of wins, had the advantage against his opponent, but sekiwake Shodai turned the tables for a push-out victory that left both wrestlers 2-2.

No. 10 maegashira Sokokurai stayed perfect by throwing down No. 9 maegashira Kaisei, while popular No. 4 maegashira Endo evened his record by pushing out No. 5 maegashira Yoshikaze.Speech

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