Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi sent yokozuna Kakuryu to his first defeat at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 17, while Kakuryu’s Mongolian compatriot Hakuho and Japan’s Kotoshogiku cruised through their bouts to remain unbeaten.
The 22-year-old Osunaarashi (3-2) twirled Kakuryu out of the ring to win his first bout against a yokozuna. Kakuryu, fighting in his second tournament at sumo’s highest rank, had a hold with his right and was on the offensive, but the No. 3 maegashira moved to the side and pushed his opponent over the edge in a display of both perfect timing and deft armwork.
Yokozuna Harumafuji, who on July 16 was the first of the Mongolian yokozuna trio to fall, thrust and slapped No. 2 maegashira Homasho down to the dirt in a hard-fought match. Homasho (1-4) was out of position when he fell and hurt his right leg so badly that he was unable to walk off the ring under his own power.
Moving one step closer to his 30th career title, Hakuho kept his distance against maegashira No. 2 Yoshikaze, the man who defeated Harumafuji, then pulled him down by the scruff of the neck when he came in for an attack. Though a bit more cautious than usual, Hakuho played it smart to move to 5-0. He had Yoshikaze’s number the whole bout, and as soon as he saw his opening, it was over. Yoshikaze is 3-2.
Also winning his fifth bout, ozeki Kotoshogiku latched onto top maegashira Ikioi’s belt with his left hand, took him to the brink, then got his right over Ikioi’s defenses and lifted him over the straw ridge. Kotoshogiku is putting on a fine performance so far after his failure to finish with the winning record expected of an ozeki last time out. He needs three more wins to ensure he will retain his rank, but that is looking fairly certain at this point.
Ikioi has yet to win a match.
Kisenosato battered No. 3 maegashira Kaisei into submission for his fourth win. The ozeki had the Brazilian twisted out of position soon after the face-off, and finished him off with a powerful thrust. Kaisei, also looking for his first win, takes on Hakuho on July 18.
Sekiwake Tochiozan had Goeido in retreat and turned around backward but still managed to lose his momentum. This allowed his fellow sekiwake to right himself and launch into a forward blitz. Goeido ended up easily driving Tochiozan out for his fourth win, while Tochiozan drops to 2-3.
In the komusubi matchup, Bulgaria’s Aoiyama sent Aminishiki off the ring and into the first row of seats with a barrage of thrusts aimed primarily at his veteran opponent’s throat and face. The 35-year-old Aminishiki limped a little as he returned to the ring to acknowledge his loss but did not appear to be injured. Both wrestlers are 1-4 after taking on the top-ranking wrestlers in their first five days.
Much further down in the rankings, No. 11 maegashira Takayasu and maegashira No. 16 Chiyomaru were also unbeaten.