The Pittsburg High School wrestling team moved two steps closer to defending the school's first-ever league title from last year, by sweeping duals against Independence (63-12) and bitter rival Columbus (56-18) Thursday night.

The Pittsburg High School wrestling team moved two steps closer to defending the school's first-ever league title from last year, by sweeping duals against Independence (63-12) and bitter rival Columbus (56-18) Thursday night.

"They wrestled pretty good last night," Pittsburg head coach Scott Rieck said of the third-ranked squad in Class 4A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association. "We're addressing little things, cleaning up some techniques before regionals."

Pittsburg hosts Chanute and Coffeyville on Thursday and Labette County and Parsons in the upcoming weeks to finish SEK League competition.

"Chanute always brings in a tough team," Rieck said about a squad also ranked in the top 10 of Class 4A and which always seems to play a central role in deciding the SEK title. "They're always good."