Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho overpowered Myogiryu on Sept. 25 to avoid a second straight defeat and head into the final four days of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a one-win lead.
After being stunned by Goeido the day before, Hakuho was in no mood to take any chances and quickly got a double-arm hold of the sekiwake wrestler and tossed him to the dirt to improve to 10-1. Myogiryu briefly had the crowd at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan thinking another upset was in the making, but couldn't break free from the yokozuna's grip and dropped to 5-6.
Hakuho, who is bidding for his fourth straight Emperor's Cup, has a one-win lead over yokozuna Harumafuji and ozeki Kisenosato.
In other major bouts, Mongolian Harumafuji, who has the air of someone fighting for his life, posted a hard-fought win over Goeido to stay one win off the pace at 9-2.
Harumafuji raised the ire of sumo officials with a sub-par 10-5 record at the Nagoya tournament in July and is eager to finish with a respectable record in this tournament.
Sekiwake Goeido pushed Harumafuji back after the face-off, but couldn't pull off another major upset and has a record of 7-4.
Ozeki Kisenosato deployed an arm thrust to the neck to send Kaisei over the edge and stay one win off the pace at 9-2. Fourth-ranked maegashira Kaisei was handed his fifth loss against six wins.
Mongolian ozeki Kakuryu kept his title hopes alive when he shoved out Takarafuji to improve to 8-3. Takarafuji, a No. 3 maegashira, stands at 1-10.
Ozeki Kotoshogiku bounced back from two straight losses when he used an arm throw to send Chiyotairyu down while improving to 7-4. Third-ranked maegashira Chiyotairyu fell to 3-8.
No. 5 maegashira Amimishiki stayed in the title chase when he forced out top maegashira Shohozan to improve to 8-3. Shohozan fell to 5-6.
No. 13 maegashira Endo, who won the juryo title at the Nagoya tournament in July, improved to 8-3 after using an arm throw to defeat sixth-ranked maegashira Kyokutenho, who dropped to 7-4.
Eighth-ranked maegashira Yoshikaze pulled out of the tournament on Sept. 25 with a hand injury.
The 31-year-old suffered a broken bone in his right hand in a defeat the previous day to Jokoryu and will require surgery, according to his stable.
Yoshikaze stands at 6-5 after forfeiting the Sept. 25 match to Toyohibiki, who improved to 5-6.