Tochinonada upended Asashoryu on Wednesday to hand the Mongolian wrestler his first loss of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Third-ranked maegashira Tochinonada was forced back after the face-off in the day’s finale at Ryogoku Kokugikan, but dodged to one side at the edge before throwing the grand champion down, giving both wrestlers a record of 3-1.
Asashoryu is gunning for his fifth straight Emperor’s Cup, and with a group of struggling ozeki is still the odds-on favorite.
In an earlier bout, No. 5 maegashira Dejima shoved out top maegashira Shimotori (2-2) to remain tied for the lead at 4-0 along with Mongolian Kyokushuzan and lower-ranked wrestlers Roho and Takanotsuru.
In other major bouts, Kaio became the third ozeki casualty of the day and was handed his first loss of the tournament in a bout with komusubi Kotomitsuki
Kotomitsuki, who improved to 2-2, quickly got a hand on the back of Kaio’s belt after the faceoff and used his momentum to throw his opponent out over the straw ridge.
No. 2 maegashira Iwakiyama came charging out of the blocks and deployed a series of arm thrusts to send ozeki Chiyotaikai spinning out of the ring. Both wrestlers stand at 3-1.
Earlier on Wednesday, ozeki Tochiazuma pulled out of the tournament with a right knee injury, suffered in a defeat to Mongolian Kyokutenho on the third day of the tournament and dropped to a record of 2-2.
If he returns to the ring for this tournament, he will need at least eight wins to maintain his ozeki status for the Kyushu meet in November.
Mongolian Hakuho, who was scheduled to face Tochiazuma on Wednesday, improved to 2-2.
Musoyama restored a little ozeki pride and picked up his first win of the tournament after getting both arms around Tamanoshima and shoving the winless No. 2 maegashira out over the straw ridge.
In other bouts, Wakanosato deployed a textbook arm throw to send Asasekiryu sprawling to the dirt surface.
Sekiwake Wakanosato improved to 2-2, while No. 4 maegashira Asasekiryu fell to 1-3.
Mongolian Kyokutenho, fighting as a komusubi, flipped sekiwake Miyabiyama to pick up his third win against one loss. Miyabiyama dropped to 1-3.