OSAKA, Japan - In his third tournament as a top-division makuuchi wrestler, Egypt-born No. 11 maegashira Osunaarashi is in top form.
On Sunday, Osunaarashi lost to No. 1 maegashira Endo, seeing his winning streak snapped at seven at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Osaka's Bodymaker Colosseum. Despite the loss, his 7-1 record is the best among rank-and-file makuuchi wrestlers.
Osunaarashi has gradually come to fit the image of a sumo wrestler-from this basho, he is able to wear a topknot, the hairstyle allowed only to makuuchi and juryo wrestlers. He no longer appears clumsy when receiving prize money after winning a bout.
On Saturday, Osunaarashi faced No. 14 maegashira Masunoyama, who is known for his powerful shoving attack. However, Osunaarashi didn't budge against the assault. He butted Masunoyama with his head, grabbed his opponent's belt and pushed him down the dohyo dirt.
"I used a strong thrust, made sure I kept my arms tight to the body and the rest was just reaction," Osunaarashi said about the victory. "There was no time to think."
Meanwhile, both yokozuna remained unbeaten on the eighth day of the spring tournament, with Hakuho beating Takayasu and Harumafuji beating Kaisei, both No. 3 maegashira.