Photo/IllutrationYokozuna Harumafuji drives out ozeki Goeido in a tie-breaker on Sept. 24 to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. (Kotaro Ebara)

Overcoming his early losses, yokozuna Harumafuji easily forced out ozeki Goeido in a tie-breaker on Sept. 24 to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

It was Harumafuji’s ninth career championship and first since he won the Emperor’s Cup at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in July last year.

Goeido entered the final day of the 15-day tournament at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan with a one-win advantage over the Mongolian yokozuna.

In the first bout, Harumafuji withstood an early onslaught by Goeido and shoved him out of the ring. The yokozuna needed even less time in the tie-breaker. He barreled into the ozeki from the face-off and quickly dispatched his opponent.

Harumafuji’s record of 11-4 was the worst for a champion since 1996.

The tournament began with three of the four yokozuna sidelined by injuries, the first time that has happened since the start of the Showa Era (1926-1989).

Two ozeki later pulled out of the tournament. The absence of three yokozuna and two ozeki in the same tournament was the first in 99 years.

Harumafuji entered the tournament as the favorite to win the basho. But the unpredictable yokozuna had already lost three bouts by Day 5, and lower-ranked wrestlers moved to the front of the pack early on.

Goeido started the tourney with a loss, but he then won 10 straight bouts and appeared on track for his second career title. By Day 11, Harumafuji had suffered four losses.

But Goeido lost on both Day 12 and 13, allowing Harumafuji to keep title hopes alive.

Both wrestlers won on Day 14.

Harumafuji then easily handled Goeido--twice--on the final day to complete the comeback.