Kakuryu dealt 1st loss in Nagoya as Hakuho withdraws

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yokozuna Kakuryu, top, is forced out by No. 2 maegashira Ikioi during fourth-day action Wednesday in Nagoya.

The Japan News Following yokozuna Hakuho’s surprise announcement in the morning that he had pulled out of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament due to injuries on Wednesday, sole remaining yokozuna Kakuryu was dealt a stunning first loss by No. 2 maegashira Ikioi in the afternoon.

After the jump-off, Ikioi (1-3) kept pushing Kaku- ryu, who is seeking his third straight Emperor’s Cup. Unable to grab Ikioi’s belt, the Mongolian wrestler was forced into an unfavorable position and Ikioi stayed low and pushed him out of the ring on Day 4 of the Nagoya tournament.

“I’ll stay focused [on sumo],” said Ikioi in response to a question about his recently revealed engagement.

New ozeki Tochinoshin cruised past No. 3 maegashira Abi to secure his fourth straight win. The Georgian wrestler pushed out Abi (1-3) after exchanging heavy thrusts and slapping.

With overwhelming power, ozeki Takayasu (3-1) gave No. 1 maegashira Shodai (1-3) no time to counter and easily thrust him out of the ring.

In another bout, No. 1 maegashira and former ozeki Kotoshogiku managed to avoid a fourth straight loss by slapping down ozeki Goeido (2-2).

Goeido and Takayasu are both wrestling under “kadoban” status, meaning each needs a majority of wins in the 15-day tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gym to retain his rank.

Sekiwake Mitakeumi also kept his record perfect by pushing out komusubi Tamawashi (1-3).

Earlier, Hakuho informed the Japan Sumo Association of his withdrawal from the basho, submitting a medical certificate that says a two-week rest is neces- sary to recover from a right knee and other injuries.

No. 2 maegashira Chiyonokuni earned the victory by default.Speech

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