Saturday, January 20, 2001
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Posted on: Saturday, January 20, 2001

New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament
Takanohana to wrestle Musashimaru for title

Advertiser Staff

A yokozuna (grand champion) showdown will decide the championship on the final day of the New Year’s Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.

Takanohana, seeking his 21st tournament title, won his 14th straight bout, beating ozeki Dejima.

Fellow yokozuna Musashimaru (Waianae’s Fiamalu Penitani) was at 13-1 after overwhelming ozeki Kaio.

The two yokozuna will meet in the tournament’s final bout. Musashimaru needs to beat Takanohana to force a wrestle off for the title.

Dejima nearly pushed out Takanohana off the initial charge, but the yokozuna forced his opponent back, then out of the ring.

Musashimaru had won his first 12 matches before losing to Wakanosato. Against Kaio, Musashimaru, who has won eight Emperor’s Cups, grabbed the ozeki’s belt and walked him backward out of the ring.

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