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HELENA — Twelve years.

That's how long it's been since Capital High swept Helena in the crosstown wrestling series.

On Friday night in The Jungle, the Bruins took the measure of host Helena 45-27.

It was the identical score of the season's first meeting last month in the Bears' Den.

Capital won eight of the 13 bouts, racking up six pins, a decision and a forfeit.

"Getting that sweep has been a thing for us for a long time," said Capital coach Jeff Mahana, who was a wrestler on the team's last sweep over the Bengals in 2006.

Helena's five wins came by three pins, a decision and a forfeit.

Two of the night's more intriguing tilts took place at 126 and 138 pounds.

At 126, Bruins freshman Hayden Azure edged Helena senior and No. 2 ranked Austin Murphy, 2-1. 

After a scoreless first period, Azure scored a reversal in the second period for two points. In the third, the Bruins grappler was on top and dinged a penalty point, but was able to ride Murphy out for the one-point victory.

At 138, Helena's No. 2 ranked Devin Crawford outlasted another talented Capital freshman, Noah Kovick, 5-1.

Crawford, a junior, held a narrow 1-0 lead heading into the final period, but registered a two-point near fall and a takedown as the clock wound down, sandwiched around Kovick's escape, for the win.

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"That was a heck of a job by Azure, Murphy is a tough competitor and a two-time all-stater, and Hayden showed a lot of composure" Mahana recounted. "And that 138 is a tough weight class. Noah battled hard, that was a good match for him against a No. 2.

"It was also nice to get pins from two of our seniors, Travis Schlute (at 152) and Chance Lee (170), in their last matches in their hometown."

Also posting pins for CHS were Tyler Coddington at 120, Lee Lambrecht at 132, Cole Bradford at 145 and 205-pounder Seth Jensen.

Helena's pins were produced by Isaac Romero at 113, Peter McIntosh at 160 and Jacob Manibusan at 182.

"A great match for Jacob at 182, he caught him (Josh Lee) on his hip and took advantage of the mistake," Helena coach John Burke said. "And that was a good match for Devin, although I'd like to see him push the tempo a little more. But a nice takedown at the end to put it away.

"And hats off to Capital. Their young kids looked really good. We've got our incentive for next year."

Winning by forfeit were CHS heavyweight Justin Jenks, and Bengas 103 pounder Jason Mandy.

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