The beginning of the end took place this weekend for local wrestling teams.
All four area squads competed in their respective league meets, marking the finish of the regular season and start of postseason action.
Two schools stood out, Leavenworth and Pleasant Ridge, as each captured second place overall finishes. Lansing and Immaculata both placed fifth.
Below is a complete rundown of each individual school’s highlights.
The Pioneers had nine placers, enabling the team to accrue 175 total points. That output helped LV beat out Shawnee Mission East’s 174, and come up 28.5 points shy of Olathe North.
Leavenworth will compete in its 5A regional tournament at Topeka Seaman this Saturday morning.
Brad Young, sixth at 106
Danny Wilson, first at 113
Isaiah Myers, sixth at 126
Danial Wilson, third at 132
Peter Gardner, fifth at 170
Josh Ammel, fourth at 182
Kenneth Sculley, second at 195
Jesse Colver, second at 220
Nathan Butler, first at 285
Nine Rams took second or better at the 2013 Delaware Valley League wrestling meet.
The effort allowed Pleasant Ridge to compile 142 points, which was just 16 short of ACCHS for the overall crown.
“It felt like the team woke up and wrestled with an intensity, sense of urgency knowing that regionals are on our doorstep,” PR coach Darren Weber said. “Colton Doty wrestling at 220 really stood out. He weighs about 190 and has done a really good job wrestling the last two weeks while giving up so much weight.
“In general, I just felt like our whole team wrestled the best it has since December and really got some momentum heading into regionals.”
Ridge will participate in its 3-2-1A regional tournament starting this Friday morning at Onaga.
Clayton Gum, first at 106
Tony Weber, first at 113
Blake Graham, first at 132
Nick Hyde, third at 138
Nate Amos, second at 160
Jared Johnson, first at 170
Logan McKinney, first at 182
Aaron Brown, second at 195
Colton Doty, second at 220
The Lions were led by six individuals, two of which were able to secure silver medals — Sky Summers and Caleb Ward.
With their help, Lansing came in fifth overall at the 2013 Kaw Valley League tournament.
“We were up and down throughout the day,” Lions coach Ron Averill said. “We were extremely excited for Caleb and Sky being in the finals. Really impressed with the way they have been improving.
Page 2 of 2 - “We were also very excited about Will Gering’s win for third because he had lost to that opponent earlier in the day. Will came back with a completely different attitude and beat him.”
The Lions will participate in its 5A regional tournament at Topeka Seaman Saturday.
Jordan Girard, third at 113
Sky Summers, second at 120
Will Gering, third at 138
Camden Chiles, fourth at 160
Caleb Ward, second at 182
Treyvon Taylor, fourth at 195
Like all season, the Raiders took a small squad to the DVL meet, yet did some big things.
Four out of the five Imac participants placed, allowing the team to earn fifth overall.
“I think they did a great job,” Raiders coach Billy Hancock said. “We started out really slow and did not have a good first round. We had a talk after that and they just came out and let all hang out.
“Bruce beat two kids that he had lost to earlier this year for first and overall, they just built up some great momentum to take into this weekend’s regional.”
Immaculata will participate in its 3-2-1A regional tournament starting this Friday at Onaga.
Jared Clothier, second at 132
Max Campbell, third at 145
Bruce Stanley, first at 152
Sam Linder, fourth at 160