The weather delayed and canceled numerous events across the area on Friday and Saturday. Despite this, the area schools competed in regional wrestling Friday and Saturday.
Leavenworth traveled to Blue Valley High School on Friday and Saturday for the 6A regional tournament.
The Pioneers finished eighth as a team with 102 total points.
Julian Long and Jacob Zilmer finished seventh. Julian Bell was sixth. Hartwell Taylor and Jacob McLain were second and Tyler Robinson was first. All six wrestlers qualified for the state tournament this weekend at Hartman Arena in Park City.
In 5A wrestling, Lansing and Basehor-Linwood traveled to Bonner Springs for their regional tournament. Six Bobcats punched their tickets to the state tournament this weekend and the team finished 11th with 75 points. The six wrestlers will be Brayton Olesen, Cohen Suchy, Zachary Radefeld, Joe Phillips, Hunter Parish and Josh Willcutt.
Parish and Phillips finished eighth in the regional tournament. Olesen and Radefeld took sixth, Suchy was fourth and Willcutt took third.
"I thought our team competed well for their experience level," head coach Jason Puderbaugh said."(They) showed continued improvement and wrestled with a lot of heart. There were some key mistakes made at times that cost a couple of our medalist higher placements, but mistakes that were great learning moments and easy fixes to help them be better prepared for the state tournament. Us coaches were proud of the teams overall performance and managed to qualify six of the 10 wrestlers brought to the 5A East regional."
Puderbaugh said the team's "standout wrestler" was Suchy.
Lansing finished fourth with 180 points and had 11 wrestlers qualify.
Kobe Lawrence and Ayreon Daniels finished seventh. Calvin Sholey was sixth, Tucker Bieber and Braiden McKee took fourth. Camden Maestas, Gabriel Bailey, Malachi Tinnel and Dylan McLain took third. Joseph Irwin and Dylan Ward were each second.
“I was very impressed with how our team handled adversity,” Lions head coach Nick Flynn said. “There was a lot of things that did not go our way. We always talk to our guys about when things don't go your way, we need to get right back up and go get the next best thing. Our team really looked good and is very excited about the upcoming state tournament.”
Flynn said the tournament is a “crazy rodeo” and anything can happen. He said the team plans to take it one match at a time.
Pleasant Ridge traveled to Rossville for their regional. The Rams will send one to the state tournament as Trevor Ragland took second. He will wrestle this weekend at Fort Hays State in the 3-2-1A state tournament.
Basehor-Linwood also competed over the weekend in Horton in powerlifting. Head coach Justin Wieser said the team was shorthanded from the weather but he was proud of how the team performed. The team finished first on the women’s side and second on the mens’ side.
On the women’s side, Sadie Webb, Sydney Noe, Cevanna Galimore, Sydney Gall, Samantha Price and Jaiden Smith all took first. Sophie Leach, Paige Fox, Emmie Noyes, Hannah Stapleton, Ashley Heinen and Lindsey Price were second. Rylee Jones, Bailey Shaver, Sonya Zomora, Grace Biggs and Hanna Hull were third.
On the men’s side, Chris Ashwell, Trey Galvan and Philip Perez took first. Dane Imhoff, Hunter Rios, A.J. Quisenberry, Jackson Vangosen, David Henderson and Tayton Gibson were second. Josh Marcus, Codey Conus, Collin Riddell and Kyle Alcanter took third.
The Bobcats will now prepare for the 4A state tournament that Basehor-Linwood will host on March 2.