According to Heights wrestling coach Mike Church, there had been some chatter among the local wrestling community that his team was underachieving this season, despite being ranked fifth in Class 6A and seemingly headed toward its second consecutive City League title.
So Church wanted a statement from his Falcons in their home dual against second-place Kapaun Mount Carmel on Thursday.
Ask and you shall receive, Coach Church.
The Falcons pummeled the Crusaders 49-24, and at one point won eight consecutive matches.
Barring a slip-up against Bishop Carroll or North over the next two weeks, Heights should be undefeated and in great shape heading into the City League Tournament on Feb. 13th.
"We're good and we are going to get better," Church said. "I was expecting this tonight. I had us winning by 30 points before the match. I know they are a good 5A team but we are getting better and we showed that tonight."
For the first time since their dual with Northwest back in mid-December, the Falcons finally had their full complement of wrestlers.
"Tonight I would probably grade us as a B or a B-," Church said. "But all I care about is getting this team to be an A come February."
Heights not only won 10 of the 14 matches against Kapaun, but did it in mostly convincing fashion. Conner Neal (103), Daniel Deshazer (125), Trey Schrimscher (140), Domonique Henderson (152), Matt Reed (171) and Khary Jones (285) all pinned their opponents, while Uylesses Deshazer (140) recorded a major decision.
"We just come out and do our best," said Reed, who needed 30 seconds to record his fall against James Hogan. "The people that are supposed to win are winning and the people that haven't been winning are getting there."
"Bonus points are big and we still left some on the mat," Church said. "There were four or five points probably out there."
Kapaun led 12-6 after Tyler Dryden pinned Barry Newton at 119, then Heights reeled off 37 straight points.
"People think just the ranked people are carrying us," Reed said. "But we are trying to show that it's the whole team that is carrying us."
103—Neal, H, pinned Friling, K, 3:40; 112— Maki, K, pinned Trahn, H, :58; 119— Dryden, K, pinned Newton, H, 4:59; 125— D. Deshazer, H, pinned Strecker, K, 1:57; 130— Ashpole, H, def Scobee, K, 9-2; 135— U. Deshazer, H, def Mills, K, 18-5; 140— Schrimscher, H, pinned Upchurch, K, 1:49; 145— Maier, H, def Wescott, K, 7-5; 152— Henderson, H, pinned Rickert, K, :50; 160— Jameson, H, def O'Connor, K, 5-2; 171— Reed, H, pinned Hogan, K, :30; 189— Truman, K, pinned Duckens, H, 1:21; 215— Matheny, K, pinned Reynolds, H, 2:42; 285— Jones, H, pinned Goadner, K, 1:19.