The Japan NewsNewly promoted Kisenosato is looking the part of yokozuna.
Kisenosato kept his record spotless on Saturday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Edion Arena Osaka, taking komusubi Mitakeumi’s best effort, and pushing back even harder.
Mitakeumi (3-4) moved the yokozuna to the bales at the jump-off, but Kisenosato staved off the attack and shoved his opponent across the ring and out in an impressive victory in his debut basho as a yokozuna. He and sekiwake Takayasu lead the Spring pack.
Kakuryu (5-2) wasn’t exactly graceful, but the yokozuna bounced back from a loss the previous day to top No. 2 maegashira Takanoiwa (2-5).
Kakuryu lost his balance for an instance in the middle of the bout, but Takanoiwa’s slap-down attempt failed, and the yokozuna got his feet under him and slipped into position for his own slap-down move to post the victory.
Yokozuna Harumafuji made quick work of Shodai (3-4), knocking the komusubi back soon after the jump-off and shoving him out to improve to 5-2.
Takayasu never gave No. 2 maegashira Sokokurai (2-5) a chance in his bout as the sekiwake remained unblemished.
A strong tachiai knocked Sokokurai back, and Takayasu used a few more thrusts to quickly end the match.
Ozeki Terunofuji (6-1) put on a display of brute strength to beat No. 1 maegashira Takekaze.
After getting a firm two-handed grip on his opponent, he made Takekaze (1-6) look like a gym weight, lifting him up and walking him over the bales before gently setting the maegashira down.
No. 10 maegashira Tochiozan suffered his first loss of the tournament as No. 8 maegashira Okinoumi (5-2) pushed him out.
No. 1 maegashira Ikioi (1-6) hasn’t been able to get his momentum going in Osaka, and that remained true in a loss to sekiwake Tamawashi (5-2).