Sumo: Harumafuji starts basho with win

posted on January 11, 2016

Harumafuji, the winner of November's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, opened the first day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a textbook victory on Sunday.

The Mongolian, who has been inconsistent since his promotion to sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna, quickly got one hand on Georgian komusubi Tochinoshin’s throat before finishing him with an overarm throw in the day’s final bout at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Yokozuna Hakuho began the pursuit of his 36th career championship by surviving a scare when his right heel crossed over the straw ridge but did not brush the surface as he was in the process of spinning komusubi Ikioi down to the surface. Lacking his typical fluid, powerful movement, Hakuho looked vulnerable but survived.

Yokozuna Kakuryu slapped aside new sekiwake Yoshikaze after short, spirited challenge. The win avenged Yoshikaze’s opening day victory in November.

Ozeki Kisenosato, looking to end 10 years without a Japanese wrestler winning a grand sumo title by claiming his first, was fooled badly on the tachiai by Aminishiki. The top-ranked maegashira got off the mark quicker and was pressing down on Kisenosato’s shoulders in a heartbeat. The ozeki could do nothing but stumble forward to defeat. Aminishiki’s win was his 17th in 48 career matches against Kisenosato.

Their first try was declared a draw when Kisenosato hurled Aminishiki from the ring but hit the surface in the process, and the ozeki looked completely unprepared for a do-over.

source by japantimes
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