Hakuho, Aoiyama Tied At Top At 7-0
With two of his fellow yokozuna pulling out earlier in the week, Hakuho is looking to sweep his way toward another championship. At 7-0 so far, he shares the top spot of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with eighth-ranked Aoiyama, also 7-0.
Hakuho made quick, easy work of Ikioi (1-6) for career victory number 1,043 on Saturday. This places him two wins shy of Chiyonofuji for second-most wins all time in sumo matches won, and four shy of tying ozeki Kaio for most all-time.
Aoiyama picked up his seventh tournament win by defeating sixth-ranked Ichinojo.
Ozeki Takayasu (6-1), who defeated Shodai (2-5), can still catch up to the two standings leaders, thanks to six straight wins.
Komusubi Kotoshogiku (2-5) looked like he could have pulled off the upset over yokozuna Harumafuji (5-2), but the yokozuna turned things around and managed to shove his opponent out of the ring to remain in contention for the top of the leaderboard.
Ozeki Goeido (4-3) defeated No. 1 Takakeisho (1-6).