For several Lansing wrestlers, Thursday marked the end of an era.
It was the group’s final dual meet of the season, which meant the last time two varsity seniors — Cam Chiles and Kyle Halinan — would ever wrestle in front of the home town crowd.
After honoring the upperclassmen, the team proceeded to host Blue Valley North. And though the dual didn’t end in the perfect manner, the Mustangs won 42-30, the night was filled with great matches and memories.
“I was pretty pleased with the way everything went,” Lansing coach Ron Averill said. “We faced some really good competition and didn’t back down. Even the losses, they kept close and competed.”
Lansing took an early 12-6 advantage after Jordan Girard and Sky Summers secured pin wins in the 113 and 120-pound classes.
Cole Hoing then tacked on three more points with his 9-4 victory at 126.
“Jordan Girard started us off with his big win and we expected Sky to get that pin at 120,” Averill said. “But then Cole Hoing just continued the streak and that helped a lot.”
From there though, North took over. The visitors won the next five out of six matches, Lansing’s 138-pound Will Gering getting the only home win in that span 3-2.
Two straight wins at 182, a Mustang open, and 194, a Mustang injury, evened the overall result at 30-30. However, the visitors got a pin victory over Lion Brian Orkwiz at 220 and a Lansing open at 285 gave North the result.
“Though Elijah Hill at 132 and Zach Caracillo at 145 both lost, they hung tight and that was huge,” Averill said. “If we could’ve got a pin in that 220 class, we would’ve tied so I was very happy with how well everyone competed tonight.”
Lansing will now rest up for its league meet, which is set for Feb. 9. The Lions will host the competition.
Raiders take two on the road trip
Though Immaculata wrestling’s tri-meet at Riverside Thursday was short-lived, the Raiders made the most of it.
Each squad — Imac, Riverside and Oskaloosa — had abbreviated lineups and so despite the fact that the Raiders only had five compete, they still won both duals.
First, Immaculata took down its host 28-24 and then followed that up with a 38-24 win over Oskaloosa.
“I was hoping that we would peak right around this time,” Imac coach Bobby Hancock said. “They are wrestling much better and though the records don’t completely show that, they are improving every time out.”
Page 2 of 2 - The biggest night came from Sam Linder, who finished 2-0 on the evening.
“He continues to get better at 160,” Hancock said. “In the last three meets, including Saturday’s tournament, he has gone 7-2.”
Jared Clothier also finished 2-0 on the evening while Paul Gilbert, Bruce Stanley and Max Campbell all participated in exhibition matches.
Immaculata will compete next in its league meet at Doniphan West on Feb. 9.