Kakuryu Wins Third Career Title
As a result of his win over Goeido and Hakuho’s victory over Harumafuji, Kakuryu clinched his third career tournament win at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday.
Kakuryu needed a Harumafuji loss on Saturday in order to have a shot at winning the tournament on Saturday, the second-to-last day of the tournament. When that occurred after Hakuho countered a Harumafuji charge with an armlock throw, it set the opportunity up for Kakuryu in his match against Goeido. After each combatant committed a false start, Kakuryu countered a Goeido charge by pulling him out of the ring with an overarm throw.
"I’m pleased. I tried to think about [the title] as little as I could, taking the bout the same as always and that worked well," Kakuryu told The Japan Times. "I tried not to be affected [by Harumafuji’s defeat] and I was focusing on my sumo.
"I was intent on maintaining my mindset and executing my style of sumo and that worked. I went through a tough period, when physically and mentally things did not come together, but I’m pleased to end the year in a good way like this."
In other action on Saturday, Kisenosato defeated Tochinoshin, and No. 3 maegashira Shodai defeated Ishiura.
Kakuryu closes out the tournament with a match against Harumafuji on Sunday.