Kakuryu bounces back from loss

On Sunday, Kakuryu took to the raised ring for the first time since his Autumn Basho win and lost shocker to giant-killer Yoshikaze in the opening day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

On Monday, the Mongolian yokozuna bounced back with a win to take out No. 2 maegashira Aoiyama. 

The two other Mongolian yokozuna split their matches on Monday. Hakuho remained in good form with a win over No. 1 Ichinojo, but Harumafuji fell victim to Egypt’s Osunaarashi. 

The Egyptian gained the upper hand in the fight and swung the Mongolian around and finished him off with a shove at the edge of the dohyo. It may be some time before Harumafuji finds his legs as he missed the entire autumn meet and most of the Nagoya Basho in July due to a right elbow injury.

Hakuho, who also missed time with injury, has been great in his return and controlled the match before bumping out his opponent.

Yoshikaze continued his great run with a big win over ozeki Kisenosato. Yoshikaze looked to be up against it early in the match before he took control with a great counter.

Yoshikaze is back at sumo’s fourth-highest rank of komusubi for the first time in nine tournaments after a highly impressive showing in September. At the Autumn meet he beat both Hakuho and Kakuryu, in addition to two ozeki, and was awarded both the Outstanding Performance Prize and the Technique Prize.

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