The Japan NewsSekiwake Tochinoshin put on a powerful display to win his bout on Sunday’s opening day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka.
Tochinoshin, who won his first career Emperor’s Cup at the New Year Tournament in January, quickly got a two-handed grip on Takarafuji’s belt and lifted the No. 2 maegashira off the surface and toward the bales before setting him down near the edge.
Tochinoshin then quickly forced his opponent out for a strong start in his return to the sekiwake rank after 10 tournaments.
Lone yokozuna Kakuryu overpowered komusubi Chiyotairyu, bulldozing his opponent out of the ring at the tachiai.
Both ozeki had subpar starts.
No. 1 maegashira Tamawashi got the best of Goeido, putting the ozeki in the spin cycle before pushing him out.
Popular No. 1 maegashira Endo then used Takayasu’s own momentum against him, sidestepping him near the bales to allow the hard-charging ozeki to run himself off the raised ring.
Ichinojo, back at the komusubi rank for the first time since May 2015, lost his footing at the start before finding his bearings and pushing out No. 3 maegashira Kotoshogiku.
No. 15 maegashira Myogiryu stumbled in his return to the uppermost makuuchi division, falling to No. 14 maegashira Nishikigi.
Meanwhile, yokozuna Hakuho, despite joining fellow yokozuna Kisenosato on the sidelines this basho when both pulled out last week, became the new record holder for number of active tourneys at the top rank with 64.
In other action, scandal-hit No. 12 juryo Takanoiwa, who was involved in a scuffle that eventually led to former yokozuna Harumafuji’s retirement late last year, made a triumphant return to the ring with a push-out victory.Speech