Yokozuna Terunofuji and ozeki Takakeisho maintained their perfect runs, each claiming his ninth straight win at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Terunofuji ousted a tricky opponent in former ozeki Takayasu (5-4) at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Mongolian-born Terunofuji swiftly secured the right overarm belt hold and showed great strength in forcing the No. 5 maegashira out of the raised ring following a brief standstill, improving to 11-12 head-to-head against Takayasu.

Takakeisho also kept his record intact after overcoming dogged resistance from No. 5 Hoshoryu (4-5), the nephew of former Mongolian great Asashoryu. Takakeisho parried Hoshoryu off balance with his left arm, only to see Hoshoryu quickly get a right underarm belt hold. But the ozeki quickly swung him around with a left armlock throw before forcing the tenacious rank-and-filer off the raised ring.

Mitakeumi (8-1) won the battle of sekiwake wrestlers, forcing out Meisei (4-5) to clinch a winning record. The two-time top-division winner drove Meisei to the edge before he was forced back to the opposite side of the raised ring in a action-packed encounter, but recovered his position and grabbed two belt holds en route to the win.

Ozeki Shodai (5-4) continued his patchy form, meanwhile, falling to a slap-down from No. 4 Endo (5-4).

No. 15 Abi (8-1) secured a winning record on his return to the elite makuuchi division as he showed good timing in pulling down No. 10 Chiyotairyu (5-4). The former komusubi was handed a three-month suspension in July last year for breaching COVID-19 protocols.

No. 6 Tamawashi, No. 7 Ura and No. 12 Hokutofuji all improved to 7-2.

New komusubi Kiribayama (3-6) floored No. 1 Wakatakakage (2-7) with a hooking inner thigh throw, while the other komusubi, Ichinojo (3-6), was pushed out by No. 2 Onosho (3-6).

Kyushu Basho: Day 9 Makuuchi Results