New sekiwake Wakatakakage ended No. 7 maegashira Takayasu's unbeaten run in the ongoing basho, forcing him out of the ring to seize a share of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament lead on Wednesday.

Wakatakakage improved to 6-2 in his career against former ozeki Takayasu and both have 10-1 records after 11 days of the 15-day meet at Edion Arena Osaka.

Seeking his first career championship, Takayasu was undone by the sekiwake's combination of speed and strength. Wakatakakage came straight on, the top of his head impacting Takayasu's cheek bone and slowing him slightly.