The Japan News Yokozuna Kakuryu used his guile to maintain his perfect record at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, while newly promoted ozeki Takakeisho and the two other ozeki all bounced back from losses the previous day with wins on the fourth day of action Wednesday in Tokyo.
After the initial clash between the two left neither with the advantage, Kakuryu defeated No. 2 maegashira Endo when his sidestep dodge turned Endo completely around, enabling him to easily push out the maegashira.
Kakuryu, the lone yokozuna in the tournament after Hakuho withdrew prior to the start, joined sekiwake Tochinoshin and No. 8 maegashira Asanoyama as the only wrestlers with 4-0 records.
Takakeisho rebounded from his first loss as an ozeki the previous day to No. 1 maegashira Hokutofuji by chalking up a hard-fought but possibly costly victory over komusubi Mitakeumi (2-2).
Takakeisho managed to hook under both of Mitakeumi’s arms as the komusubi maintained a front belt hold with one hand. After an extended standoff, Takakeisho lowered his hips for leverage and worked Mitakeumi over the edge for his third win.
The worrisome moment came immediately after, as Takakeisho took a few seconds before gingerly walking back to his side of the ring while favoring his right leg.
Ozeki Takayasu, who lost to Mitakeumi on Tuesday, had no trouble with Hokutofuji, as he came out firing on all cylinders and pushed the maegashira out after a short show of resistance to improve to 2-2.
Ozeki Goeido, defeated by Endo on Day 3, twisted down No. 1 maegashira and former ozeki Kotoshogiku to improve to 3-1. It was Goeido’s 30th win in 51 career bouts between the two.
Earlier, Tochinoshin moved a step closer to the 10 wins he needs to regain the ozeki rank with an impressive victory over No. 3 maegashira Tamawashi.
Tochinoshin was backed to the edge on the jump-off, but held his ground before launching a counterattack. The sekiwake managed to gain a belt hold, then put the pressure on to force the maegashira out to remain unbeaten.
Komusubi Aoiyama, who needed 26 tournaments to get back into the sanyaku — the three ranks below yokozuna — is looking at a short stay after being dealt his third loss at the hands of No. 3 maegashira Chiyotairyu. A quick sidestep by Chiyotairyu sent the 193-kilogram Bulgarian barreling over the edge. Speech