The Japan NewsOzeki Takayasu is on a roll after sputtering out of the gate at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
The newly promoted ozeki pushed his way past sekiwake Mitakeumi (2-2) on Wednesday at Aichi Prefectural Gym for his third consecutive win following an opening-day loss.
Takayasu was strong at the jump-off, and forced Mitakeumi to misstep twice before capitalizing on a third slip-up and pushing out his way to victory.
In other action, slap-happy yokozuna Hakuho (4-0) toyed with Takakeisho (1-3) at times before closing in and pushing the No. 1 maegashira across the ring and over the bales, while yokozuna Harumafuji latched onto the arm of No. 2 maegashira Tochinoshin (2-2) and flung him to the surface to even his record.
Kisenosato evened his record with a strong charge off the jump-off that left No. 1 maegashira Shodai (1-3) helpless to do anything as the yokozuna shoved him out of the ring.
Ozeki Goeido forced out No. 3 maegashira Ikioi (0-4) to even his record. No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji (3-1) kept up his strong showing, knocking off Terunofuji (1-3) to notch a second win in Nagoya over an ozeki to go with his kinboshi (awarded for a maegashira victory over a yokozuna).