The two maegashira stayed ahead of the pack at Ryogoku Kokugikan as the New Year Basho headed toward the weekend midway point.
Daieisho, who beat the three current ozeki over the tournament's first three days, remained in a three-way tie for the lead.
The ozeki saw his potential to ascend to sumo's highest rank erased with a defeat to Takarafuji on Wednesday.
Injury-hit yokozuna Kakuryu's career in the sumo ring inched closer to the precipice Friday, when his stablemaster said he will miss the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to lower-back issues. The Mongolian-born grand champion's withdrawal from the meet starting Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan means ...