Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament
Goeido, with a perfect 15-0 record and is looking for promotion to the highest rank of yokozuna, made a decisive push toward Tochiozan and looked like he might lose his footing at one point, when his opponent tried to sidestep the Ozeki’s charge, but held on as he pushed the top maegashira out of the ring.
Hakuho now has a 17-1 record against Okinoumi. This bout was no different than his 16 previous victories as the powerful Hakuho made easy work of his opponent.
Two other ozeki also started the 15-day meet with victories, with Kisenosato beating top-ranked maegashira Aoiyama and Kotoshogiku making quick work of No. 2 maegashira Kaisei.
Sekiwake Takayasu, who has a chance of promotion to ozeki if he can get 12 wins, defeated No. 3 maegashira Endo with commanding shoves. Takayasu is set to meet Goeido on Monday.
In other bouts, No. 3 maegashira Shodai, who hails from Kyushu main island’s Kumamoto Prefecture, which is recovering after being hit by powerful earthquakes this spring, marched fourth-ranked Kotoyuki out of the ring.