No. 3 maegashira Tamawashi moved to within one win of his second top-level championship at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament after blowing away No. 1 Tobizaru on Saturday.

Improving to 12-2 on Day 14, the 37-year-old Mongolian iron man will head into the final day at Ryogoku Kokugikan with only one remaining challenger for the title, No. 4 Takayasu (11-3), who defeated sekiwake Hoshoryu.

Tamawashi (R) beats Tobizaru on the 14th day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sept. 24, 2022. (Kyodo)

Tamawashi completely overpowered fellow rank-and-filer Tobizaru (9-5), knocking him backward at the jump and then sending him tumbling out of the ring with a two-handed shove.

Needing a victory to stay in the running for his first Emperor's Cup, former ozeki Takayasu pulled down rising Mongolian star Hoshoryu (7-7), who must fight for a winning record on the last day.

Takayasu and former sekiwake Tamawashi have yet to meet at the 15-day tournament, setting the stage for a dramatic final-day battle.

Takayasu (facing camera) defeats Hoshoryu. (Kyodo)

No. 8 Hokutofuji (10-4) earlier dropped out of title contention with a loss to sekiwake Wakatakakage (10-4), who stayed low and prevented the maegashira gaining his desired grip on the way to a force out.

Ozeki Takakeisho improved to 9-5 by winning a high-intensity bout against one of the tournament's impressive performers, No. 10 Nishikifuji (9-5), with a thrust down.

Komusubi Kiribayama (8-6) earned his all-important eighth win by slapping down No. 3 Ura (7-7) and is assured of staying among the three elite "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna at the next meet.

Ozeki Mitakeumi (4-10), who will be demoted to sekiwake for the next meet, continued his forgettable run of results with a force-out loss to No. 6 Endo (7-7).

Ozeki Shodai, who will enter the next tournament with demotion-threatened "kadoban" status, forced out No. 5 Takarafuji (4-10) to improve to 4-10.