Kakuryu Nears Kyushu Tourney Title

Kakuryu is now one win shy of claiming an Emperor’s Cup with two days remaining for the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

On Friday, Kakuryu was able to wrap his arms around his opponent — Hakuho — and was able to throw him over the straw bales for the win. In their 45 total encounters at grand sumo tournaments, this was only the sixth time Kakuryu was able to defeat Hakuho.

Kakuryu can now clinch the title tomorrow. He will need a win against Goeido and has to hope Hakuho is able to defeat Harumafuji.

Harumafuji and Goeido met on Friday as well, but the pair needed more than one collision to determine a winner. Ringside judges, The Japan Times reports, ordered a rematch when they determined both wrestlers went out of bounds at the same time. In the follow-up encounter, Harumafuji executed an overarm throw to eliminate Goeido.

Tamawashi scored a major upset over ozeki Terunofuji in other action on Friday. Tamawashi got behind his opposition and managed to shove him out of the ring. Arawashi defeated Ishiura, Shodai scored a win over Chiyootori and No. 6 maegashira Tochinoshin was able to defeat Kisenosato.

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