Goeido Falls; Kakuryu Solely in First
Ozeki Goeido’s undefeated streak at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament came to an end on Friday when he was defeated by Tamawashi.
With Hakuho also suffering a loss, Kakuryu is now in sole possession of the standings lead with a 6-0 record after Friday, the sixth day of the tournament.
Tamawashi delivered two strong headbutts to Goeido at the start of their bout, the second leaving the ozeki chasing promotion to yokozuna with a bleeding forehead. Tamawashi then shoved Goeido into the sandy surface, moving Goeido into an eight-way tie for second place.
Kakuryu, meanwhile, maintained his undefeated record at the tournament with a win over second-ranked maegashira Yoshikaze. Harumafuji defeated third-ranked maegashira Shodai.
Elsewhere in the tournament on Friday, ozeki Kisenosato defeated Mitakeumi with a yorikiri, or force out. Terunofuji defeated Tochiozan, who now falls to 0-6, while Kotoshogiku delivered a watashikomi, or a thigh-grab push, to defeat Okinoumi.
Chiyootori defeated Sokokurai, and Aoiyama defeated Takayasu. In the final bout of the day, third-ranked maegashira Endo got the win over Hakuho.