Goeido Alone at Top of Grand Tourney
In a battle of two unbeatens, Ozeki Goeido defeated No. 1 maegashira Okinoumi earlier today to gain sole possession of the top spot at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Despite committing a false start, Goeido recovered on the reset for the victory. He came charging at Okinoumi, and while Okinoumi did manage to get back to the middle of the ring with a full effort, Goeido took back control and won the bout with a pulling overarm throw.
Goeido now stands at 7-0, one win shy of the eight he needs to remain an ozeki and to keep his eligibility for the Kyushu meet in November. Okinoumi, meanwhile, is now in a three-way tie for second place along with Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji and Endo.
In other action, a huge upset occurred when Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu (4-3) was defeated by sekiwake Takayasu (5-2). Kotoshogiku (5-2), who needs eight victories to remain an ozeki like Goeido, defeated No. 1 maegashira Yoshikaze (3-4).