Harumafuji suffers 2nd straight loss

The Yomiuri Shimbun

No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji forces yokozuna Harumafuji over the bales on Wednesday, the fourth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The Japan NewsThe door is wide open with many of the big names — including three yokozuna — missing from the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, but yokozuna Harumafuji doesn’t appear to have a good grip on things.

Harumafuji, the lone yokozuna in the tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, fell to his second loss in as many days as No. 2 maegashira Hokutofuji (3-1) forced him out in the final match of Wednesday’s fourth day of action.

Harumafuji pushed Hokutofuji near the bales early on, but couldn’t finish him off.

Hokutofuji latched on for a strong grip, and the yokozuna couldn’t fight his way off the edge, suffering his second loss of the basho.

Meanwhile, ozeki Goeido (3-1) used a slap and a push to dispose of No. 1 maegashira Tochinoshin (0-4) just after the start-off.

No. 1 maegashira Kotoshogiku kept his record spotless by throwing down winless sekiwake Yoshikaze.

Kotoshogiku is hoping to earn a return promotion to the upper ranks, and seems to be back in the form that at one time in his career had him labeled a possible candidate for a promotion to yokozuna.

No. 3 maegashira Onosho (4-0) took down Terunofuji (1-3), getting the ozeki out of sorts just after the jump-off, and using a step-back move that saw his opponent go hands-first onto the surface.


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