Terunofuji Hands Hakuho 3rd Loss

Terunofuji hands Hakuho 3rd lossA strong showing from Terunofuji set chins wagging on Day 12 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, as the ozeki coolly sent yokozuna Hakuho to his third defeat.
The day’s final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center started with a fierce jump-off, but Hakuho then appeared to run out of steam after appearing in control with a firm grip on Terunofuji’s (8-4) mawashi in the middle of the dohyo. From there, the ozeki sent the Mongolian grand champion sliding backwards and over the bales.

There were three wrestlers tied for top spot at the beginning of the day, but it was Kakuryu who emerged as leader of the pack. The yokozuna displayed strength and composure for his 11th win — dumping underperforming ozeki Kotoshogiku (3-9) out with ease.

Harumafuji (10-2) was typically fast from the jump-off in the penultimate bout, only for Kisenosato (10-2) to soak up everything the writhing yokozuna had to offer and lift him over the bales. In doing so, Kisenosato earned his third yokozuna scalp in as many days.

In other bouts, ozeki Goeido (9-3) steamrollered No. 3 maegashira and fan favorite Endo (6-6) out, while struggling Brazilian No. 2 maegashira Kaisei (1-11) failed to finish off sekiwake Okinoumi (4-8).

Hopes were high for diminutive rank-and-filer Ishiura, who started the day among the front-runners but then failed to beat No. 8 maegashira Ikioi (8-4). The No. 15 maegashira suffered only his second defeat of the tourney.Speech