The first is tournament action, which lasts throughout the season.
The second is the dual season within the league.
The third is the league championships.
The fourth is the section championships.
If you've done well in the above-mentioned, you find yourself at the pinnacle of the season the state championships.
On Saturday at John F. Kennedy High, it was the Mission Valley Athletic League championships, in which the top three finishers advance to next week's North Coast Section championships.
For some, the league championships is a way to keep the season alive and get that much-needed experience for the future.
For others, the league championships is merely another step to reach the state tournament.
As expected, James Logan won the team race with 236 points. Newark Memorial was second with 2001/2 points.
Logan and Newark each had six league champions. Mission, which took third with 119 points, had two champions.
Logan will send 14 wrestlers to the two-day NCS championships, which begins Friday at Newark Memorial High. Newark will send 10, and surprisingly, American, which had no league champions, will send six. Mission will send six as well.
For Logan's Colin Malcolm (140 pounds), who pinned Mission's Eric Wang in 1 minute, 16 seconds, this was just another day at the office.
"I'm ready to go," Malcolm said of making a run toward the
Malcolm's teammate, Rickey Streeter also had a fine day, taking first place after an 11-1 major decision over Irvington's Brittley Tringali at 171 pounds.
Logan sophomore Lawrence Blanco (103) posted a 10-3 win over Newark's Truong Nguyen for his first career title. At 119, Logan's Ruben Baca pinned Newark's Albert Young in 2:42. Adrian Gomez (Logan, 130) decisioned Irvington's Storm Selsor 17-6.
Mission's flu-plagued Ricky McFerrin (112) withdrew from his championship match against Logan's Josh Hyland in order to recover for the section championships.
But that didn't damper the spirits of Mission wrestlers. Sophomore Jose Ruvalcaba (135) pulled off an 11-2 win over Logan's Quy Tran.
Ruvalcaba took a 4-0 lead late in the first period with a two-point near-fall. A takedown by Tran in the second cut the lead to 4-2. Ruvalcaba then erupted with seven points in the third period.
"My two goals were to win league and get to NCS," said Ruvalcaba, who beat Tran in dual action in three overtimes a few weeks ago.
Mission's lone senior, Mitch Chancellor, beat Kai Tran of Logan 11-6 for the 145-pound title.
Newark's Phuong Truong appears to be on track. After a pin over Aaron Roy of American in 1:38, Truong claimed his third straight league crown. As a freshman, he finished fourth.
After taking third at NCS and advancing to state last year, Truong is ready for the road ahead.
"It helps knowing what to expect," Truong said. "Physically, I feel good."
In one of the more thrilling matches of the day, Newark's Chris Tolbertson (160) trailed Logan's Anthony Wolfsmith 13-7 in the third period and then managed a takedown. Just like that Tolbertson had Wolfsmith on his back.
Tolbertson, who heard the crowd get behind him, went on to post a pin in 5:28.
"I heard coach (Tim) Hess and everyone pounding the mat, cheering me on," Tolbertson said.
Newark's other league champions were: Isaac Rayburn (152), who pinned Logan's Johnny Lo in 5:41; Naveed Safi (189), who pinned Steve Davis of Irvington in 5:51; Justin Glorioso (215), who pinned Huy Ha in 1:50.
And Derek Marrero (285), who went overtime to claim a 7-5 win over Dan Stoops of Mission.