Egypt's Osunaarashi pulled off his second upset win over a yokozuna opponent in successive days on July 18 by driving Harumafuji into a bellyflop at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
Meanwhile, co-leaders yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Kotoshogiku won to remain unbeaten.
Harumafuji came out hard and was trying to get a belt hold when the No. 3 maegashira pulled back just enough to send the flustered yokozuna to the dirt. Though this is only the second time Osunaarashi has squared off against a grand champion, he was calm and fully focused on winning--and actually appeared to be the superior wrestler against Harumafuji. He is definitely a wrestler to watch in the months ahead.
Like Harumafuji, he now has a 4-2 record. On July 19, he fights sekiwake Goeido.
"I tried to knock him upright," Osunaarashi said with a big smile after the match. "He's a hard hitter."
Hakuho used a belt hold to flip No. 3 maegashira Kaisei onto his back and keep his winning streak going. With Harumafuji and Kakuryu stumbling, he is in better position than ever to claim his 30th career title, though he is going to have to remain consistent in the week ahead.
Yokozuna Kakuryu--who lost on July 17 to Osunaarashi--got a freebie win over No. 2 maegashira Homasho, who had to pull out with a leg injury after his bout against Harumafuji the day before.
Kotoshogiku, fighting his way out of his third tournament at kadoban, meaning demotion if he fails to get at least eight wins, grappled komusubi Aminishiki (1-5) into retreat to claim his sixth consecutive win. The ozeki was never in doubt as he confidently plowed ahead to secure the win.
Kisenosato defeated komusubi Aoiyama (1-5) for his fifth win. The ozeki jumped out head first, kept his hefty opponent off his mawashi and unleashed a series of thrusts that put Aoiyama off balance. As Aoiyama tried to attack, Kisenosato moved to the side, caught him by the scruff of the neck and sent him plummeting to the dirt. Kisenosato is getting back in the groove after losing on the second day to Aminishiki.
The sekiwake pair slumped to losses on July 18.
Tochiozan came out high at the face-off and failed to get a belt hold as top maegashira Shohozan slipped through his defenses and bulled him out. Both wrestlers are 2-4. Struggling top maegashira Ikioi broke away from sekiwake Goeido's attack and drove him out to his second defeat. It was Ikioi's first win of the tournament after taking on yokozuna and ozeki opponents. He has been fighting well, however, and his record should start to improve now that his toughest bouts are behind him.
No. 11 maegashira Takayasu, a former komusubi, defeated No. 10 maegashira Toyonoshima to remain unbeaten in the lower ranks of the top division.