Sekiwake Miyabiyama overpowered rising star Baruto on Saturday to remain tied for the lead with Mongolian Hakuho on the next to last day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.
Estonian Baruto, who is making his debut in the makuuchi division, came out on the attack and surprised Miyabiyama with a powerful arm thrust at the faceoff.
But Miyabiyama quickly recovered and shoved the 11th ranked maegashira out to improve to 13-1 with one day remaining in the 15-day tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Baruto, who was looking to become the first wrestler in 92 years to win the Emperor’s Cup in his debut in the elite division, dropped out of contention with a record of 11-3.
Miyabiyama, who is looking for his first Emperor’s Cup, will face Asasekiryu on the final day.
In the day’s final bout, Hakuho swatted down ozeki Chiyotaikai to stay tied for the lead at 13-1. Chiyotaikai was handed his fourth loss against 10 wins.
Hakuho, who is making his ozeki debut and is also seeking his first title, will take on Baruto on Sunday.
Mongolian Asashoryu, the only yokozuna, pulled out of the tournament earlier with an injured elbow.
Ozeki Kotooshu, who has an injured right knee, dispatched fellow ozeki Kaio to even his record at 7-7. Kaio, who has already wrapped up a winning record, fell to 8-6.
No. 2 maegashira Asasekiryu shoved out Mongolian Kyokushuzan to improve to a solid 10-4 record. Kyokushuzan, a No. 5 maegashira, dropped to 9-5.
Russian Roho, a No. 5 maegashira, wrapped up a winning record and improved to 8-6 when he tripped up ninth-ranked maegashira Iwakiyama, who fell to an even 7-7.
In a showdown of top maegashira wrestlers, Kisenosato forced out Kakizoe to pick up his seventh win against seven losses. Kakizoe stands at 5-9 heading into the final day of competition.
Mongolian Ama finally showed why he was promoted to komusubi for this tournament when he sprang out of the faceoff and got a hand on the belt of Takekaze before forcing the fourth-ranked maegashira out.
Ama improved to 4-10 while Takekaze was handed his 13th loss against a lone win.