Hakuho Falls As Pair Shares Lead

Hakuho falls as pair shares leadYokozuna Hakuho looked to stay on top as he took on ozeki Terunofuji in the final bout on the 12th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.
After a restart, it was the ozeki (7-5) who gained the quick advantage, getting his left hand on Hakuho’s mawashi and ushering the vulnerable yokozuna out of the ring at Aichi Prefectural Gym.

Hakuho fell to 9-3, one off the pace as Kisenosato and Harumafuji both won to share the lead.

Kisenosato took care of No. 5 maegashira Shodai (8-4), who managed to stay in the ring briefly before being nudged out by the ozeki.

With three days left in the basho, Kisenosato has an opportunity to win his first Emperor’s Cup, though his next bout will be against Harumafuji, who is also 10-2 after using a nifty maneuver to bring down sekiwake Kaisei (6-6). The yokozuna owns a career 34-23 mark against Kisenosato.

Meanwhile, ozeki Goeido (7-5) thrust straight ahead to beat No. 4 maegashira Ikioi (4-8) in quick fashion.

Komusubi Takayasu, who came into the day tied with the leaders, got into a rough battle with No. 5 maegashira Yoshikaze. Both wrestlers had their arms flailing in frenzied attacks as they moved around the ring before Yoshikaze (8-4) got the better of Takayasu, pushing him down to drop the komusubi to 9-3.

Maegashira Takanoiwa and Takarafuji both won to stay one behind the leaders at 9-3.