The Japan News Harumafuji was sent to his second defeat, while Kisenosato continued his impressive start to his debut as a yokozuna on Tuesday, the third day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Edion Arena Osaka.
A day after all four yokozuna won their bouts — the first time that had happened in 26 years — No. 2 maegashira Sokokurai prevented a recurrence with his win over Harumafuji.
Harumafuji, trying to get in the coup de grace, instead overextended himself and was sent plunging to the dirt as Sokokurai went into a quick retreat. It was Sokokurai’s first kinboshi, awarded to a maegashira-ranked wrestler for a victory over a yokozuna.
Kisenosato, kept away from the belt by No. 2 maegashira Takanoiwa, eventually tracked him down and shuffled him over the edge for his third win.
Meanwhile, yokozuna Kakuryu stayed unbeaten by outlasting No. 1 maegashira Ikioi. Sent back to the edge early in the bout, Kakuryu reversed the situation and used a two-handed belt hold to break his opponent’s resistance and force him over the edge.
Yokozuna Hakuho bided his time against No. 1 maegashira Takekaze, who he had beaten in 21 of 22 previous matches, before an opening developed and he forced his opponent out of the ring to improve to 2-1.
Ozeki Terunofuji, who needs a majority of wins to retain his rank, moved a step closer with win No. 3 when he patiently waited before setting up No. 3 maegashira Shohozan for a push out.
Komusubi Shodai (2-1), who defeated Hakuho on the opening day, pulled off another upset when he slammed down ozeki Goeido, who dropped to 1-2.
Goeido went on the offensive, but at the edge, Shodai twisted and pancaked the ozeki to the dirt.
In a battle of unbeaten sekiwake, Takayasu defeated Kotoshogiku for the fifth tournament in a row, twisting him down and dealing a blow in his bid to regain the ozeki rank. Kotoshogiku, demoted after the New Year tourney, needs 10 wins to move back into the second-highest rank.