Terunofuji continued to be the class of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, improving to 6-0 in a one-sided win and retaining his sole lead after six days at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.

With the spotlight on him following his historic re-promotion to ozeki, Terunofuji seized his favored left-hand overarm hold from the jump and forced No. 5 Hoshoyru (2-4) out with a minimum of fuss.

Friday's makuuchi-division bouts began with eight wrestlers at 4-1, four rank-and-file maegashira and four in the three elite "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna, komusubi Mitakeumi, sekiwake Takayasu, and the ozeki duo of Takakeisho and Shodai. When the day's dust had cleared, only Takayasu and Takakeisho remained one win back of Terunofuji.

After two straight days of four ozeki wins, Friday proved something of a disappointment as both Asanoyama (3-3) and Shodai (4-2) were outclassed.

Takakeisho, however, got the job done, unleashing a ferocious charge that sent No. 2 Tobizaru (1-5) flying from the ring.

Sekiwake Takayasu won a wild entertaining bout with Mitakeumi (4-2), whose record against the former ozeki fell to 6-18. The komusubi came out hard at the jump and repeatedly put Takayasu under pressure but could not finish off his opponent. Takayasu, a master of straw-bale footwork, twice slipped away along the ring's edge until finally winning a slapping exchange and flinging Mitakeumi out with an overarm throw.

Top-ranked maegashira Wakatakakage (4-2), whose only losses have come against Takakeisho and Terunofuji, has been one of the tournament's stars with his speed and poise on the opening charge. On Friday, he read No. 5 Onosho's charge perfectly and easily slapped him down to his second defeat.

Sekiwake Takanosho was forced out by komusubi Daieisho, leaving both with 3-3 records.

Natsu Basho: Day 6 Makuuchi Results