Upset Bug Bites Hakuho


Upset bug bites HakuhoHakuho was looking to maintain his perfect record until he ran into a roadblock named Takarafuji.
The No. 2 maegashira withstood the yokozuna’s charge and turned him out on the fifth day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday.


Takarafuji improved to 4-1, the same record as Hakuho.

Meanwhile, Harumafuji (4-1), the other yokozuna remaining after Kakuryu withdrew, survived a seesaw battle against Myogiryu (1-4), finally grabbing the No. 3 maegashira’s mawashi to lift him out of the ring.

Ozeki Kisenosato seemed likely to keep his undefeated record intact as he pushed No. 1 maegashira Tochiozan against the edge of the ring a couple of times. However, Tochiozan (3-2) found a way to stay in and his agility helped him sidestep Kisenosato (4-1) as the ozeki lost balance and fell out of the ring.

Ozeki Terunofuji also lost his unblemished record in a prolonged bout with the smaller Shohozan (2-3). After the two stalled in the center of the ring, the No. 4 maegashira gained the advantage by getting hold of Terunofuji’s mawashi, and slowly lifting the ozeki to the edge and out of the ring.

Goeido (3-2) and Kotoshogiku (1-4), the two ozeki off to slow starts, both won against maegashira.

In a battle of unbeaten maegashira, No. 7 Ichinojo pushed out No. 5 Yoshikaze for the victory. After an event-filled first five days, Ichinojo is the only undefeated wrestler.