Sekiwake Shodai and rank-and-filer Terutsuyoshi each earned a dramatic win on Saturday, filling the penultimate day of the July Grand Sumo Tournament with more than its share of surprises.
Shodai was the first to steal the show by throwing a monkey wrench into sumo’s feel-good story of the year by handing No. 17 maegashira Terunofuji his second loss and denying him a chance to clinch his first championship in over five years.
Fighting in the elite makuuchi division for the first time since January 2018, Terunofuji was still able to hang on to his one-win advantage. That was thanks to a shocking victory by No. 7 Terutsuyoshi, his Isegahama stablemate, over ozeki Asanoyama, who ended the day tied with Shodai and fellow sekiwake Mitakeumi at 11-3.