Lone yokozuna Terunofuji and former ozeki Asanoyama moved into a two-way tie for the lead Tuesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament where a pair of talented newcomers caused big upsets.

Terunofuji and current No. 14 maegashira Asanoyama held serve to improve to 9-1, but the other joint overnight leader, No. 6 maegashira Meisei, was outgunned by 21-year-old No. 11 Hokuseiho, who debuted in the elite makuuchi division at the previous tournament.

Terunofuji (facing camera) defeats Kotonowaka on the 10th day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on May 23, 2023. (Kyodo)

Day 10's biggest shock at Ryogoku Kokugikan, however, was No. 5 Kinbozan's victory over demotion-threatened kadoban ozeki Takakeisho (6-4), who remains two wins shy of the eight needed to remain at the second-highest rank.

Kazakhstan-born Kinbozan (4-6), who also debuted in the top flight in March, neutralized Takakeisho's normally powerful opening charge and pushed him over the straw.

"After the opening charge, I realized I had an opportunity to attack from the left and just went forward," said Kinbozan, the Central Asian country's first wrestler to reach the makuuchi division.

A day after earning a "kinboshi" gold star award for defeating Terunofuji, former sekiwake Meisei learned firsthand why Hokuseiho is one of sumo's most highly touted youngsters.

The 204-centimeter, 185-kilogram Hokuseiho (8-2) resisted repeated force-out attempts before dropping Meisei with an overarm throw.

"I'd studied his form (and) knew where he wanted to go," said Hokuseiho, a member of the Miyagino stable under former yokozuna Hakuho. "I'm just going to try to do my own sumo and concentrate on one day of the tournament at a time."

Terunofuji had his hands full against komusubi Kotonowaka (4-6), who rallied back from a force-out attempt and drove the action to the opposite side of the ring before the yokozuna eventually hoisted him over the straw.

March champion Kiribayama (8-2) stayed in the hunt for his second straight title and promotion to ozeki at the 15-day meet with an emphatic arm-lock throw win over fellow sekiwake Wakamotoharu (7-3).

Asanoyama, back in the top division for the first time since his lengthy suspension for breaking coronavirus safety rules, slapped down No. 9 Hiradoumi (7-3).

Asanoyama (R) and Hiradoumi fight on the 10th day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on May 23, 2023. (Kyodo)

Hokuseiho (R) beats Meisei on Day 10 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on May 23, 2023. (Kyodo)