The No. 8 maegashira is off to his best start ever and is one win ahead of Tamawashi at the 15-day tournament.
Sumo’s Flying Monkey gave the fans a thrill with the biggest victory of his career on this second day at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
The Mongolian is bidding for his eighth Emperor’s Cup and needed all the strength he could muster against the determined komusubi wrestler.
No. 2 maegashira Ichinojo beat Ura in an earlier bout to go one better than the lone grand champion.
The grand champion was halted mid-bout, then came back to beat Wakamotoharu in a highly unusual display of sumo.
The lone grand champion got off to a solid start but couldn’t finish off his opponent.
The Fukushima native becomes the first new sekiwake in 86 years to claim the championship.
New ozeki Mitakeumi keeps pace along with sekiwake Wakatakakage and rank-and-filer Kotonowaka.
The No. 3 maegashira knocks the lone grand champion out of the lead with a huge upset.
The Mongolian-born grappler was pushed to the brink by upset-minded Daieisho.
The Mongolian grand champion won his second straight title at the sport's highest rank.
Takakeisho remains tied for the lead with Terunofuji, who coasted to an easy win over Endo.