Yokozuna Hakuho bounced back from his stunning first-day loss with a solid win on May 7 at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, while three of the record six ozeki--including newcomer Kakuryu--fell to upsets.
Hakuho, who is trying to win his 23rd title and the 50th championship for a Mongolian, lifted top maegashira Aran off his feet and set him down outside the ring in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan for a convincing victory. In sharp contrast to his clumsy opening-day performance, the yokozuna appeared to be his normal self again, confident and strong.
Grand champion Hakuho was sent to a shock defeat at the hands of Aminishiki, while sumo's six ozeki, featuring newly promoted Mongolian Kakuryu, got off to flying starts at the 15-day meet on Sunday.
The grand champion got his chance for a rematch against countryman Kakuryu after the sekiwake was sent to a second defeat at the hands of Goeido, forcing a playoff when Hakuho disposed of ozeki Baruto in the final bout of regulation to leave both men with 13-2 marks.
In a rare show of vulnerability, Hakuho drove out way too low against Kisenosato and had no power in his attack. Kisenosato wasted no time in grabbing the advantage, and worked a push as he moved to the side and sent the yokozuna flying over the edge.
Yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Baruto moved up to three wins against no losses on March 13 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, while two more ozeki fell to upsets that could cost them dearly in the race for the overall title.
Defending champion Baruto blazed a trail straight through new top maegashira Myogiryu, pounding him at the face-off and following up with several unanswered thrusts.