The Mongolian maestro, who underlined his status as the most successful wrestler in sumo history on Friday with an all-time record 1,048th match win, was in total control at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, getting both hands on the back of ozeki Goeido's neck and yanking him down in a flash. Goeido now stands at 7-7.

Hakuho (13-1) remained one win ahead of No. 8 maegashira Aoiyama and can secure the tournament hardware by beating yokozuna rival and countryman Harumafuji in the final round of matches on Sunday.

Hakuho is 35-21 in his head-to-head meetings with Harumafuji at grand tournaments.

Aoiyama stayed in title contention, outgrappling Takekaze (8-6) at the charge and after getting a left-handed grip on his belt, surging forward to knock the 12th-ranked maegashira off the raised ring.

Bulgarian-born bruiser Aoiyama will need to beat komusubi Yoshikaze, against whom he is 7-10, on Sunday and hope defeat for Hakuho will give him a crack at the title in a playoff against the yokozuna.

Harumafuji (11-3), the only other grand champion left in the tournament following the injury-enforced withdrawals of compatriot Kakuryu and Kisenosato, wrapped up the day's action with a convincing win.

The yokozuna made quick work of new ozeki Takayasu (8-6), quickly locking on to his left arm and sending him out with a tottari arm bar throw.