No. 1 maegashira Daieisho pulled out a victory with his back to the wall to improve to a perfect 8-0. Having already defeated the seven wrestlers here ranked higher than him, Daieisho was pushed to the brink but managed to take a two-win lead at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Daieisho’s opponent, No. 6 Kagayaki (3-5) used his longer arms to shove the tournament leader off balance. Kagayaki pursued his opponent to the straw and tried to shove him out, but Daieisho was prepared. He bent backward, pivoted to his left and threw the charging Kagayaki out at the edge of the ring.

In the day’s final bout, Shodai failed to throw Mitakeumi (3-5) at the first go after accepting his charge from the jump. The ozeki then became a reckless aggressor, trying to force his opponent out without a grip on his belt. Mitakeumi, however, bided his time until a belt hold presented itself, grabbed it and forced the ozeki out.

A day after earning an ugly fourth win, Asanoyama picked up his fifth victory with a straight-forward shove-out of No. 5 Endo (4-4).

Ozeki Takakeisho, who entered the tournament with a chance of promotion to yokozuna before losing his first four bouts, continued to look out of sorts in his sixth loss. No. 4 Tamawashi (5-3) traded slaps toe-to-toe with the ozeki, and simply got the better of the exchange against his apparently flustered opponent. Takakeisho got turned around at the straw and was easily shoved out.

Two former ozeki with an eye toward regaining their former rank, komusubi Takayasu and sekiwake Terunofuji each improved to 5-3. Takayasu beat winless young No. 3 maegashira Kotoshoho, while Terunofuji flung down veteran No. 5 Okinoumi (4-4).

Sekiwake Takanosho also improved to 5-3, shaking off a one-sided loss to Daieisho the day before to drive another former ozeki, Georgian No. 4 Tochinoshin (2-6).

No. 7 Meisei easily forced out No. 16 Akiseyama, leaving both wrestlers with 6-2 records after starting the tournament 5-0. Meisei was quicker off the mark and rocked his 35-year-old journeyman opponent back before levering him over the straw.

Hatsu Basho: Day 8 Makuuchi Results