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Tochinoshin grabs sole lead as Kakuryu loses again

New Year Grand Sumo Tournament

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Tochinoshin snatched a one-match lead Thursday after yokozunaKakuryu suffered his second loss in as many days at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, reports the Japan Times

The No. 3 maegashira, who entered Day 12 of the 15-day tournament tied with Kakuryu, earned his fifth straight win at Ryogoku Kokugikan when he forced out sekiwake Tamawashi (4-8).

After a fierce exchange of slaps and pushes Tamawashi appeared to have the advantage, driving Tochinoshin back with a hand to the throat before knocking him off balance. But the powerful Georgian kept his footing and his composure, outmuscling his higher-ranked opponent to secure the victory.

Yokozuna Kakuryu dropped to 10-2 after losing to No. 5 Endo (7-5) for the second time in their seven meetings. The loss followed his upset at the hands of Tamawashi on Day 11.

Endo, who earned his fourth kinboshi prize for beating a yokozuna, was forced onto the back foot in the opening exchange, but quickly turned the match around when he pushed Kakuryu out.

“Since (my opponent) was a yokozuna, I knew I wouldn’t be able to fight the way I wanted, so I just competed with all the strength I had,” Endo said. “Now I’m just going to stay focused on the last three days of the tournament.”

 

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