There's just one way the Heights' wrestling team wants to win the City League title — by itself. Not even a tie would be acceptable.
Thursday night, the Falcons took one big step toward achieving the goal by holding off Kapaun Mount Carmel 41-28 at Kapaun. The win keeps Heights undefeated in City League duals, along with being the No. 1 team in Class 6A.
"Winning the City League is a two-part deal," Heights coach Mike Church said. "You win the dual season, then you've got to go out and win the tournament as well. When we get to the tournament, Kapaun's got a chance of redemption, at least getting a piece of the City League back.
"We're a step closer to the City League, but we haven't wrapped up anything by any means. A tie is not what we're looking for after the City League. We want first to ourselves."
The Crusaders led 13-3 early, winning three of the first four matches in the lower weight classes starting with a pin by Kapaun freshman Parker Howell in the 103-pound match.
"We're excited we got a chance to wrestle Heights," Kapaun coach Tim Dryden said. "They're the best team in the state, and we competed hard."
The only one of the first four weights Kapaun didn't win was the most exciting match of the night. In the 112-pound class, Heights freshman Greg Jones trailed by a point with 10 seconds left against freshman Paul Suhr after receiving a second caution. With just a couple of seconds left, Jones was able to score a takedown to win 6-5.
"When I got that caution, I just stuck it in my head 'I've got to have heart,' " Jones said. "When I got up I was able to take him down and it was over then."
The Falcons took a 15-13 lead when Jessie Hill pinned Christian Williams at 135. The Crusaders were able to retake the lead at 19-18 when Tyler Dulaney, who was wrestling with an injured shoulder, pinned Heights' Steve Nguyen. Uylesses Deshazer gave Heights the lead back with a second period pin and Kapaun never led again.
"Kapaun's a solid team," Church said. "They have 14 good wrestlers. This dual was everything that City League wrestling should be. It had great matches on both sides, a lot of emotion."
Heights 41, Kapaun 28
103 — Howell, K, pinned Reed, H, 3:18; 112 — G. Jones, H, def. Suhr, K, 6-5; 119 — Dryden, K, def. Neal, H, 6-3; 125 — Maki, K, major dec. over Newton, H, 18-5; 130 — D. Deshazer, H, pinned Friling, K, :40 sec.; 135 — Hill, H, pinned Williams, K, 3:18; 140 — Schrimisher, H, def. Mills, K, 11-4; 145 — Dulaney, K, pinned Nguyen, H, 3:03; 152 — U. Deshazer, H, pinned Schutz, K, 1:17; 160 — Reed, H, pinned McDonough, K, 1:38; 171 — Penka, K, def. Henderson, H, 7-2; 189 — Jameson, H, tech. fall over Heiland, K, 4:47; 215 — Bean, K, pinned Reynolds, H, 5:47; 285 — K. Jones, H, pinned Cyphert, K, 1:20.