No. 8 maegashira Hokutofuji kept his perfect record and took the sole lead after seven days at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday when No. 3 Tamawashi was handed his first defeat.

Tamawashi (6-1) was on the verge of his seventh straight win as he powerfully drove Wakatakakage (4-3) to the edge, but the sekiwake held his ground and thrust down the 37-year-old veteran at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Hokutofuji moved slightly to his left to soften the opening impact from No. 10 Takanosho (4-3) in his bout and kept charging low en route to a solid push-out win, not allowing Takanosho a belt hold.