Yokozuna remain perfect

NAGOYA, Japan  (The Japan News/ANN) - Both stayed unbeaten at Aichi Prefectural Gym, as yokozuna look poised to try and take control of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The yokozuna look poised to try and take control of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament as both stayed unbeaten at Aichi Prefectural Gym on Thursday.

Yokozuna Hakuho made routine work of Endo (2-3), spinning down the charging No. 2 maegashira to keep his record perfect.

In the final match of Day 5, yokozuna Kakuryu stood his ground to defeat No. 2 maegashira Aoiyama (3-2), who charged out hard but subsequently went to the surface when his own momentum took him down after a missed attempt at a slap.

Meanwhile, slumping Tochinoshin, coming off a charge back to the ozeki rank after the May tournament, could do nothing against No. 1 maegashira Asanoyama and remained winless.

Asanoyama, who won his first Emperor’s Cup two months ago, locked the ozeki up at the start-off and easily walked him out for his second win.

Ozeki Takayasu (4-1) posted a ho-hum victory over komusubi Abi (1-4). The ozeki denied his opponent a grasp of his belt and worked Abi to the edge before pushing him out.

Ozeki Goeido struggled early on against Ryuden (2-3) before eventually forcing the komusubi out for his third victory.

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