2014 Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament : Hakuho Takes Down Osunaarashi To Remain In 3 - Way Tie For Lead On Day 8

2014 Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament : Hakuho takes down Osunaarashi to remain in 3-way tie for lead on Day 8Mongolia's Hakuho proved he is still the wrestler to beat by upending yokozuna-killer Osunaarashi before a standing-room-only crowd at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 20.
The win means Hakuho, shooting for his 30th title, remains unbeaten and in the lead with ozeki Kotoshogiku and rank-and-filer Takayasu.

Showing a bit more caution than usual after watching Osunaarashi (4-4) defeat both yokozuna Harumafuji and Kakuryu last week, Hakuho went straight for the No. 3 maegashira's belt in an effort to avoid his now notorious upward slamming style at the face-off. Hakuho's tactic worked, but he then had to ward off the Egyptian in a fairly evenly matched grappling duel.

After both held their ground, Osunaarashi--the first wrestler ever to win his first two matches against yokozuna opponents--appeared to try to make a move to improve his position. Hakuho used the chance to send him off balance and flip him to the dirt with an "uwate-nage," or overhand throw. The match lasted more than one minute, by far Hakuho's longest yet in Nagoya.

The other yokozuna wrestlers had a light day.

Kakuryu grabbed an easy victory over No. 2 maegashira Yoshikaze, who overextended on his initial attack and ended up sprawling to the ground as the yokozuna pulled back. Kakuryu's sole loss so far was to Osunaarashi on July 17. Yokozuna Harumafuji, moving up to 6-2, got a default win over sekiwake Tochiozan, who has withdrawn with an injury.

No longer in danger of demotion, ozeki Kotoshogiku is now looking at giving the yokozuna trio a run for the money. He fought his way back from a poor start to drive out No. 4 maegashira Tamawashi and collect his win for the day. Though not flawless, the fight demonstrated Kotoshogiku's new-found confidence under pressure, and his finishing attack was strong.

No. 11 maegashira Takayasu thrust No. 16 maegashira Chiyomaru (6-2) to the dirt to keep his record perfect at 8-0. The former komusubi takes on No. 6 maegashira Myogiryu, himself a former sekiwake, on July 21.

Kisenosato, meanwhile, had a poor face-off and was driven to the edge then forced to tumble out of the ring as sekiwake Goeido blazed forward. The seasoned sekiwake came out with his head down and once he got the momentum going refused to let up. The loss was Kisenosato's second of the tournament and could be a costly one if he is going to be a contender for the title. Goeido, who has become a fixture at the sekiwake slot, is also 6-2.

"I was focused and had a good match," Goeido said.

Komusubi Aoiyama was too big for top maegashira Shohozan to budge before the Bulgarian sent him stumbling to the dirt, and komusubi Aminishiki brought down top maegashira Ikioi for his second win. Aoiyama, Shohozan and Ikioi are all also 2-6.