For just the third time in 28 years, the Hillcrest wrestling team beat Brighton, 38-24, to claim the schools' annual "Battle of the Ax" competition on Thursday night.
The Bengals jumped out to an 18-0 lead, picking up wins in each of the first five matches. Included in that was the match of the night between Brighton's Brady Jones and Hillcrest's Pat Garcia, the top two 119-pound wrestlers in 5A. Jones won the hard-fought match with a 3-2 decision.Brighton extended its lead to 24-4 after seven matches, but the Huskies dominated after that. Hillcrest scored 34 straight points, sweeping through the upper-weights.