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Kakuryu stumbles to 2nd loss; Kisenosato perfect

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yokozuna Kakuryu, left, loses to No. 3 maegashira Shohozan on Friday on the sixth day of action at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Edion Arena Osaka.

The Japan News Yokozuna Kakuryu picked a bad time to lose to a wrestler he had beaten in 11 previous meetings.

Kakuryu fell two wins off the lead at 4-2 when he was pushed out Friday by No. 3 maegashira Shohozan, whose first win of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Edion Arena Osaka earned him his fourth career kinboshi for a win over a yokozuna.

Meanwhile, newly promoted yokozuna Kisenosato and sekiwake Takayasu both won their respective battles of unbeatens, leaving just a trio of wrestlers with 6-0 records; No. 10 maegashira Tochiozan is the third.

Kisenosato again showed none of the nerves that accompany making a debut as a yokozuna by systematically dispatching of No. 3 maegashira Takarafuji.

Takayasu kept pace with a solid victory over ozeki Terunofuji, as a powerful initial clash straightened up his opponent and provided the opening to push him over the edge. The win ended Takayasu’s four-match losing streak to the ozeki.

The third yokozuna, Harumafuji, got a bit lucky in gaining his fourth win. He slipped during a lively bout with No. 4 maegashira Yoshikaze, but regained his balance in time for his opponent to slip himself during a lunge forward that sent him plunging to all fours.

In a clash of two popular rising stars, No. 12 maegashira Ura continued his steady debut in the makuuchi division by beating No. 11 Ishiura, leaving both wrestlers at 3-3.

After both came out low on the jump-off, Ura, whose acrobatic techniques have thrilled fans, used a quick arm drag to get behind Ishiura and push him out.

Meanwhile, ozeki Goeido cut his tournament short for the second time in a row when the Osaka native pulled out with a right ankle injury that had plagued him before the tourney.

With sekiwake Tamawashi (4-2) picking up a victory by default, Goeido will finish with a 1-5 record, assuming he does not return to action, an unlikely scenario in that the injury is expected to require five weeks to heal.

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