Sumo wrestling: Goeido pins 1st loss on Terunofuji

Sumo wrestling: Goeido pins 1st loss on Terunofuji
Ozeki Goeido hands fellow ozeki Terunofuji his first loss at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on Saturday.
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Ozeki Goeido never let Terunofuji get into position to use his go-to grip, and instead took advantage of a deft leg-kick move to end the newly minted ozeki's perfect run at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on Saturday's seventh day.

Goeido (4-3) fought off the Mongolian's attempts to latch onto his mawashi and kept his opponent off kilter until he saw an opening to use an outside leg trip that sent Terunofuji (6-1) down and out of the group of four that started the day unbeaten.

Ikioi (1-6) failed to slow Hakuho's momentum as the yokozuna took control of their bout early and methodically worked the No. 3 maegashira out of the ring to keep his record perfect.

Yokozuna Kakuryu (7-0) kept pace with Hakuho by forcing out No. 3 maegashira Kaisei (5-2).

Kakuryu got into position to throw Kaisei, but a strong thrust put the duo near the edge of the ring. That's when the yokozuna chose to charge ahead and escort Kaisei out for a clinical victory.

The win left the pair of yokozuna as the only unbeaten wrestlers.

Ozeki Kisenosato suffered his second loss when he got turned around against No. 2 maegashira Aoiyama (3-4), who pushed him off the raised ring.

No. 2 maegashira Takayasu battled Kotoshogiku (3-4) before slapping the ozeki down for his third victory.

Earlier, popular No. 12 maegashira Endo (5-2) made an early charge forward and it paid off as No. 14 maegashira Kagamio (6-1) lost their first career meeting.

Kagamio held off the charge and tried to twist down Endo near the edge of the ring, but lost his balance as his opponent pulled out of his hold. That sent Kagamio crashing to the surface for his first loss of the tournament.

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