Harumafuji hit with 2nd loss in 2 days

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yokozuna Harumafuji, left, is forced out by No. 1 maegashira Takakeisho on Monday in Fukuoka.

The Japan News If Harumafuji is looking to repeat his dramatic come-from-behind victory from the previous tournament, he’s gotten off to a good start by getting off to a terrible start at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

No. 1 maegashira Takakeisho repeated his victory over Harumafuji from the Autumn tournament — which the yokozuna rallied to win in a playoff with ozeki Goeido — by handing him his second loss in two days on Monday at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Takakeisho kept Harumafuji from gaining a belt hold while pushing him straight back until he went meekly over the edge. Takakeisho now has two kinboshi — awarded to a maegashira-ranked wrestler for a victory over a yokozuna — with both victories coming over Harumafuji.

Meanwhile, yokozuna Hakuho, who skipped the September tournament, showed his agility in getting No. 1 maegashira Tamawashi completely turned around before easily marching him out of the ring for his second win.

Yokozuna Kisenosato, who has missed either all or part of the previous three tournaments, bounced back from his opening day loss by beating komusubi Onosho, who had beaten Harumafuji on Sunday.

When the two slammed into each other on the jump-off, Onosho’s feet seemed to slip back and Kisenosato only had to press down to pick up his first win since the fourth day of the Nagoya tournament in July.

Ozeki Takayasu, who needs a majority of wins to retain his rank, picked up his second win by forcing out No. 2 maegashira Tochiozan, an opponent he has historically had trouble with — the victory was just Takayasu’s seventh in 26 career meetings between the two.

Ozeki Goeido, picking up where he left off in the last tournament when he posted an 11-4 record, made short work of former ozeki Kotoshogiku, easily shuffling him out for his second win. Kotoshogiku is now fighting as a komusubi after falling as far as No. 1 maegashira.

In other action, it was a dismal day for the sekiwake as all three holders of the third-highest rank went down to defeat to maegashira-ranked opponents.

Newly demoted Terunofuji saw his bid to pick up the 10 wins he needs to regain the ozeki rank hit a major bump when he was handed a second loss by No. 3 maegashira and Fukuoka native Shohozan. Shohozan, responding to the chants of his name from the hometown crowd, latched onto the belt and lifted Terunofuji out for his second win.

Mitakeumi (1-1) was pushed out by No. 3 maegashira Hokutofuji, while fellow sekiwake Yoshikaze (0-2) was sent sprawling to the dirt by No. 2 maegashira Chiyotairyu.


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