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.