Kakuryu and Tochinoshin Battle For Top Spot

With two days remaining in the Summer grand sumo tournament, Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu has grabbed a share  of the lead, after sekiwake Tochinoshin suffered his first loss.

Kakuryu would dispatch sekiwake Ichinojo in the final bout of the 13th day of competition at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The yokozuna quickly secured an inside grip and drove his towering compatriot to the straw bales.

Tochinoshin is on the bring of a promotion to  ozeki following his Day 12 win over yokozuna Hakuho, but would fall to maegashira Shodai, who also beat him at the Spring Grand Tournament in Osaka.

Tochinoshin slammed into Shodai at the outset, but the maegashira held his ground, driving forward against the powerful sekiwake. Unable to secure a belt grip, Tochinoshin surged forward but lost his footing, allowing Shodai to pull him down for the win.

 

Original Story: Japan Times

 

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