Bishop Carroll didn't need a home-mat advantage as they went to Kapaun Mt. Carmel and made themselves right at home.
In a classic duel, Carroll easily handled an overwhelmed Kapaun squad on Thursday night, leaving no doubt who the better wrestling school was on this night.
The matches began with the 106 pound class, Andrew Egan and Konnor Dugan. The nights lightest opponents had no trouble throwing and getting thrown. Egan put pressure on Dugan early and eventually had a substantial lead. His early first period take-down of Dugan set the tone for the match and Dugan was unable to match it as Egan went on to win 11-3.
It was an early team lead for the Crusaders, but one that was short lived as Sam Roy of Bishop Carroll pinned Sam Wilson in 1:59. Then the points began to pile up in the Golden Eagles favor. Robert Loos of Carroll nabbed a major decision against Jacob Le 14-2 at the 120 pound divisiion.
Kapaun fought back because it knew a big lead could make this duel get out of hand quickly. Crusader Jacob Mills was victorious over Jay Pacha 6-3, and with a Patrick Burrus 9-5 decision over Luke Weber next, the momentum was squarely back in the Crusaders favor.
However, as the night went on, Kapaun was only able to win three more matches and Carroll rattled off sox victories out of the nine matches that remained.
The match gives Carroll momentum heading into the home tournament the Golden Eagles host next weekend. Before that, Carroll will be in the Wellington tournament on December 8, and a west-side battle with Northwest on December 13.
Kapaun will be in the Douglass tournament this weekend, before going to Wichita East on the 13th of December.