The Japan NewsYokozuna Hakuho looked ready to deal with clever tactics in his match against No. 4 maegashira Ura at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday at Aichi Prefectural Gym.
Hakuho stayed perfect after a start-off that saw him take an unsure step to the side, likely anticipating a sly move from the tricky Ura (5-3), and it took a few attempts to corral his 174-centimeter, 137-kilogram opponent.
Once the yokozuna secured a grip on the young maegashira, it was a matter of strength, and the bigger and stronger Hakuho (192 centimeters, 160 kilograms) threw Ura down to grab sole possession of the lead in Nagoya at the midway point of the basho as he pushes his way toward the all-time wins list.
Hakuho has 1,044 career victories, three behind Kaio’s all-time record.
Meanwhile, yokozuna Harumafuji overcame some shaky moments against No. 4 maegashira Kagayaki (3-5), throwing him down for his sixth win.
New ozeki Takayasu (7-1) stayed right on the heels of Hakuho by taking care of No. 5 maegashira Chiyoshoma (3-5), while No. 8 maegashira Aoiyama was dealt his first loss when he was pushed out by No. 6 maegashira Onosho.
Ozeki Goeido improved to 5-3 by forcing out No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji (4-4).