Kotoshogiku captures 1st career Cup

posted on January 26, 2016

Ozeki Kotoshogiku took down fellow ozeki Goeido on Sunday to win the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo for his first career Emperor's Cup, ending a 10-year title drought by Japan-born wrestlers.

The 31-year-old Kotoshogiku made a near-perfect run, pushing his record to 14-1 with his final-day victory that clinched his first career Emperor's Cup. The Fukuoka native is the first Japanese wrestler - excluding Kyokutenho, a naturalized citizen of Mongolian descent - to win a tournament title since Tochiazuma won the 2006 New Year basho.

Kotoshogiku won his first 12 bouts before falling on the 13th day. But he rebounded to win his final two matches, finishing with a two-win cushion over yokozuna Hakuho (12-3) and No. 7 maegashira Toyonoshima (12-3), who both lost on the final day.

source by the-japan-news
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