Mongolia's Hakuho picks
by International Herald Tribune
Mongolian grand champion Hakuho overwhelmed Homasho on Monday to pick up his first win at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
Hakuho, who lost to Kotoshogiku on Sunday, fought off an attempted arm throw in the day's final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center and shoved the top maegashira out to improve to 1-1. Homasho fell to 0-2.
Hakuho also lost on the first day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, but came back to win the Emperor's Cup in the September meet.
In other major bouts, Mongolian komusubi Ama overpowered Bulgarian Kotooshu when he got his hand on the neck of the ozeki and thrust him out to improve to 2-0.
Kotooshu couldn't use his size advantage and dropped to 1-1 after being shoved into the first row of seats.
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai deployed a barrage of arm thrusts to the head to send Kotoshogiku out over the straw ridge.
Chiyotaikai picked up his second win while komusubi Kotoshogiku, who upset Hakuho on Sunday, dropped to a 1-1 record.
Local favorite ozeki Kaio picked up his first win and bounced back from Sunday's loss to Kisenosato when he came charging out of the blocks and shoved out top maegashira Miyabiyama, who fell to 0-2.
Ozeki Kotomitsuki got his arms around Kisenosato and waltzed the No. 2 maegashira out to give both wrestlers a 1-1 record.
Sekiwake Aminishiki shoved out winless No. 3 maegashira Kakuryu to pick up his first win of the tournament.
No. 2 maegashira Dejima overpowered Mongolian sekiwake Asasekiryu to improve to 2-0. Asasekiyu fell to 1-1.
In a showdown of No. 4 maegashira, Mongolian Kyokutenho used an arm throw at the edge of the ring to send Toyonoshima tumbling to the dirt surface. Both wrestlers stand at 1-1.