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Takayasu stayed one win clear atop the leaderboard Sunday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, grinding out a victory over fellow rank-and-file grappler Wakamotoharu.

Fighting as a No. 7 maegashira, former ozeki Takayasu became the first wrestler to secure a winning record for the 15-day tournament at Edion Arena Osaka by improving to 8-0 on Day 8.

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