The Japan News Yokozuna Hakuho continued his run of dominance at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, while new ozeki Takayasu chalked up his sixth straight win to remain one step behind in the race for the Emperor’s Cup.
Hakuho remained unbeaten after seven days at Aichi Prefectural Gym by defeating No. 3 maegashira Ikioi, giving the yokozuna his 1,043rd career win. That puts him within two of legendary yokozuna Chiyonofuji for second on the all-time list and four within record-holder Kaio.
Ikioi, who had beaten Hakuho twice in 12 previous meetings, charged hard at the jump-off, but it proved his undoing as the yokozuna calmly stepped back and forced down his overextended opponent. Hakuho even managed a smile after the bout.
Joining Hakuho as the only other undefeated wrestler is burly Bulgarian No. 8 maegashira Aoiyama, who kept his slate clean by bellying out No. 6 maegashira Ichinojo in a match between two wrestlers with a combined weight of nearly 400 kilograms.
Takayasu, whose lone loss came on the opening day, was the lone wrestler at 6-1 when he notched a textbook win over No. 1 maegashira Shodai, using a shoving attack to move him to the edge, then sending him sailing off the raised ring with one final thrust.
Yokozuna Harumafuji joined a large group at 5-2 when he used a headlock to throw down komusubi Kotoshogiku, who fell to 2-5.
Earlier, sekiwake Mitakeumi slowed down the advance of rising star and No. 4 maegashira Ura, using his power to overcome the wily youngster.
Bumped to the edge, Ura slipped to the side and went into a squat, apparently trying to set up one of his tricky maneuvers. But Mitakeumi crossed him up with a mighty shove to earn the win that left both wrestlers at 5-2.