The Japan News Yokozuna Kakuryu continued to lead in the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament after three days of action with another easy victory Tuesday at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Kakuryu comfortably picked up his third victory by slapping down winless No. 1 maegashira Aoiyama as he aims for a second straight title following his triumph at the Nagoya tournament in July. Kakuryu is the lone yokozuna in the basho after Hakuho withdrew the previous day due to a finger injury.
The two ozeki, Goeido and Tochinoshin, had mixed results, with one suffering his first loss and the other notching his first win. Both are competing with kadoban status, which requires them to collect a majority of wins over the 15 days to keep their rank.
Goeido suffered his first defeat of the tournament at the hands of komusubi Endo. The ozeki initially went on an offensive, but Endo resisted his power and eventually forced him out to improve to 2-1. In contrast, Tochinoshin handled strong resistance by No. 1 maegashira Hokutofuji (1-2) and forced him to the edge, where he crushed him to the ground.
Sekiwake Takakeisho, needing 10 wins to regain the rank of ozeki, kept his record perfect by slapping down No. 2 maegashira Asanoyama. The sekiwake fended off a charge from the maegashira, who suffered his first loss in the tourney.
In other action, another sekiwake Mitakeumi collected his second win by forcing out No. 2 maegashira Ichinojo (1-2). Komusubi Abi improved to 2-1 by slapping down winless No. 3 maegashira Daieisho.