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(From Mainichi Daily News)
SAKAI, Osaka -- Hakuho, whose dazzling performance in the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament that ended over the weekend ensured his promotion to sumo's second-highest rank, says it feels "weird" to be called "Ozeki."
"People around me are calling me 'Ozeki,' and it feels kinda weird," the 21-year-old grappler told reporters at a Monday morning news conference at the Sakai lodgings of his Miyagino Stable.
Hakuho's elevation to ozeki comes after he almost snatched the Basho title, eventually losing in a playoff to Yokozuna Asashoryu.
"It was my first ever playoff and I'm happy I was able to wrestle so well," Hakuho …