Grand Sumo Tournament Update
Goeido, will reach the highest rank of yokozuna with a title at the Grand Sumo Tournament. Takayasu, who still holds a 12-8 career record against Goeido, is gunning for 12 wins here at Fukuoka Kokusai Center to reach ozeki himself, having won 10 and 11 bouts in his last two tourneys.
Yokozuna Hakuho (2-0) had some unsettling moments against No. 1 maegashira Aoiyama (0-2) as the Bulgarian’s powerful push saw the Mongolian retreat initially toward the edge of the ring.
Local favorite Kotoshogiku suffered a defeat by allowing Mitakeumi to push the Fukuoka native ozeki toward the edge before executing his under-shoulder wing-down to perfection, getting his first win in the fourth-highest rank of komusubi.
Terunofuji, who needs a winning record to maintain his status of ozeki, saw his struggle continue as he was grappled out by No. 3 maegashira Endo (1-1).
Sekiwake Okinoumi (1-1) endured thrusts from second-ranked maegashira Yoshikaze (1-1) before forcing him out.
Makuuchi debutant Ishiura, a 15th-ranked maegashira, earned his first win in the top division, covering his lack of size with swift movement in dodging and flooring Georgian No. 16 maegashira Gagamaru (0-2).