Sumo: Tamawashi maintains straight lead despite loss to Wakamotoharu

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Tamawashi remained alone at the top of the standings, despite taking his second Autumn Grand Sumo tournament loss on Thursday at the hands of fellow rank-and-filer Wakamotoharu.

Mongolian-born No. 3 Maegashira maintained a buffer of one win at 10-2 after his closest rivals coming on Day 12, No. 8 Hokutofuji and No. 10 Nishikifuji, were defeated by ozeki Takakeisho and No. 1 Tobizaru.

With his win, Tobizaru rose to the second rung of the ladder alongside Hokutofuji, Nishikifuji and No. 4 Takayasu at 9-3 with three days of competition left in Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Tamawashi, who took the full lead on Wednesday by beating Hokutofuji, couldn’t get rid of Wakamotoharu (7-5) with a hand on his throat and was forced over the edge by the lower-ranking wrestler.

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Tamawashi (R) loses to Wakamotoharu on Day 12 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan on September 22, 2022. (TBEN)

In an anticlimactic match, Takakeisho set a winning record at 8-4 after dodging Hokutofuji’s opener and letting his momentum take his face to the clay.

Tobizaru emerged victorious from a fierce battle with fellow girl title aspiring Nishikifuji, pushing him out after the pair pushed each other back and forth across the ring.

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Takayasu won an intense battle against sekiwake Wakatakakage (8-4), beating March’s tournament winner by a hand pull-down.

The two exchanged a series of heavy blows, with the former ozeki delivering punches to his opponent’s face, neck and chest before dragging him to the clay.

Takakeisho (back) defeats Hokutofuji on Day 12 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan on September 22, 2022. (TBEN)

Young Mongolian-born star Hoshoryu (6-6) kept his sights on a winning record in his first tournament as a sekiwake by outsmarting the beleaguered ozeki Shodai (2-10).

Shodai, who will fight for the third time at the next game this year as a demotion-threatened “kadoban” ozeki, drove forward from the jump, but Hoshoryu countered with a stunning headlock throw at the edge of the ring.

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Ozeki Mitakeumi, who will compete in the next tournament as a sekiwake after setting a losing record while fighting as a gift ban, improved to 4-8 by knocking down No. 4 Nishikigi (5-7) after the pair had their original fight.

Sekiwake Daieisho managed to avert a 5-7 loss record by knocking out No. 5 Sadanoumi (7-5).


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