Steady Hakuho stays perfect

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yokozuna Hakuho pushes out No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday at Aichi Prefectural Gym.

The Japan NewsYokozuna Hakuho is steadier than the flow of withdraws and upsets at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The yokozuna eased past No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji (3-3) in the penultimate bout on Friday to remain perfect through six days at Aichi Prefectural Gym.

In the final matchup of the day, yokozuna Harumafuji powered No. 3 maegashira Ikioi (1-5) out of the ring for his fourth win.

Meanwhile, sekiwake Tamawashi (4-2) knocked off Goeido, sending the ozeki to his third loss.

Takayasu (5-1) and No. 2 maegashira Tochinoshin (3-3) took turns attempting arm throws for about a minute before the new ozeki forced Tochinoshin over the bales.

Earlier in the day, yokozuna Kisenosato and ozeki Terunofuji became the latest wrestlers to pull out of the basho.

Kisenosato injured his left ankle during Thursday’s loss to Ikioi and is expected to be sidelined for about three weeks, while Terunofuji sustained an injury to his left knee that requires seven weeks for a full recovery.Speech

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