Three Unbeaten Remain After Six Days
Kisenosato, the most recent to be promoted to yokozuna, remained unbeaten with a sixth straight victory at this year’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, held at Edion Arena Osaka.
Kisenosato was victorious against Takarafuji, who was also undefeated at the spring tournament heading into Friday. With his victory, Kisenosato is one of three sumos who remained unbeaten after Friday, as well as the only unbeaten yokozuna in the tournament.
The other two unbeaten sumos are sekiwake Takayasu and No. 10 maegashira Tochiozan. In a battle of unbeatens, Takayasu battled ozeki Terunofuji, who was hampered by injuries, and defeated him easily. Tochiozan pushed down Sadanoumi to the floor for his win on Friday.
No. 3 maegashira Shohozan was able to hand Kakuryu after weakening him with several charges to earn his first win of the tournament, as well as hand Kakuryu his first loss.
Yokozuna Harumafuji defeated No. 4 maegashira Yoshikaze for his fourth win, while Sekiwake Kotoshogiku beat komusubi Mitakeumi. Kotoshogiku needs six more wins in order to move back up to ozeki ranking.
After missing five days with a right ankle injury, Brazilian Kaisei competed, but came up short against Aoiyama.
Sekiwake Tamawashi was handed a default win thanks to ozeki Goeido pulling out of the tournament due to an injury.