Solid wins maintain Takayasu, Wakatakakage on top in Osaka

Previous ozeki Takayasu and new sekiwake Wakatakakage each defeated a title rival to continue being co-leaders as the Spring Grand Sumo Event championship chase achieved a fever pitch on Thursday, the 12th working day of the 15-working day fulfill.

At the moment a No. 7 maegashira, Takayasu (11-1) outfought new ozeki Mitakeumi (9-3) in a fight for belt holds in advance of forcing him out to his 3rd loss.

A day after suffering his 1st decline at Edion Arena Osaka, Takayasu was sound from the get-go with a remaining-overarm hold. Mitakeumi, January’s winner, vacillated involving aggressively heading for a belt keep of his own or fighting off his opponent’s.

Takayasu (R) defeats Mitakeumi on the 12th working day of the Spring Grand Sumo Match in Osaka on March 24, 2022. (Kyodo)

In the conclusion, the ozeki attained neither. And when Takayasu received his correct hand on the entrance of Mitakeumi’s belt, it was video game, set and match.

Wakatakakage attained his 11th victory with a tricky but slick get more than No. 6 Kotonowaka (9-3). Despite the fact that shoved backward after their initial get hold of, the sekiwake slipped his proper arm under Kotonowaka’s remaining to protected a belt maintain.

Using that, he doggedly foiled one attempt to power him out and a further to twist him down. Wakatakakage then finished off his invested opponent in a “yorikiri” force-out victory.

Wakatakakage (R) beats Kotonowaka on the 12th working day of the Spring Grand Sumo Match in Osaka on March 24, 2022. (Kyodo)

Shodai (7-5) moved to inside one particular gain of securing his standing at sumo’s second highest rank for the next tourney just after a seemingly easy acquire in excess of Takakeisho (8-4).

As relegation-threatened “kadoban” ozeki, just after failing to gain 8 bouts in January, Takayasu and Takakeisho each and every desired 8 wins listed here to stay clear of relegation to sekiwake for May’s Summer months Grand Tournament.

Takakeisho, who gained his eighth earn the working day before from Kotonowaka, obtained off the mark far more immediately. He wrapped up Shodai’s forearms but available small resistance as he was pushed backward out of the ring.

Demotion-sure komusubi Takanosho (3-9) brushed apart No. 5 Ishiura (1-5-6), whilst new komusubi Hoshoryu consistently outmaneuvered No. 3 Onosho (5-7) in advance of shoving him above backward to even his file at 6-6.

Mongolian No. 2 and former sekiwake Ichinojo (8-4) got the greatest of a slapping and shoving battle to hand new sekiwake Abi his sixth defeat.

No. 4 Kiribayama secured his eighth earn, beating No. 6 Hokutofuji (6-6) for his initially winning history in 3 tournaments. No. 9 Wakamotoharu (8-4) beat No. 4 Endo (7-5), and has posted successful documents in just about every of his two tourneys in the elite makuuchi division.


Related coverage:

Sumo: Sekiwake Wakatakakage seizes share of Osaka tourney guide

Sumo: Takayasu wins 10 in row as ozeki Mitakeumi suffers 2nd defeat

Sumo: Takayasu stays unbeaten, 1 win in advance of nearest rivals


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