Sat, Jul 17, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Asashoryu comes back with win after two straight losses

AP , NAGOYA, JAPAN

Grand champion Asashoryu bounced back from two straight losses to beat Musoyama and remain tied for the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, yesterday.

In the day's final bout at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Asashoryu got a hold of Musoyama's belt after the face-off and calmly lifted his opponent out.

Mongolian Asashoryu, who is gunning for his fourth straight Emperor's Cup and eighth title overall, improved to 11-2 and is tied with Miyabiyama. Musoyama fell to 8-5.

Chiyotaikai saw his title hopes dashed and dropped to 9-4 when he drove fellow ozeki Kaio back after the face-off but fell out when Kaio stepped to his side at the edge.

Kaio remained in the hunt at 10-3 along with lower-ranked wrestlers Hakuho, Toyozakura and Asasekiryu.

Sekiwake Wakanosato ran out of gas and was muscled out by No. 4 maegashira Shimotori, who improved to 9-4. Wakanosato dropped to 7-6.

Sekiwake Tochiazuma fell out of the running for the title when he was forced out by Kotomitsuki, who improved to 6-7.

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