PITTSBURG -- Freedom High's Alex Bazan and Liberty's Devin Lyle made sure during the Bay Valley Athletic League wrestling championships on Feb. 21 that history did repeat itself.
While Bazan was facing Antioch's Iosefa Papalaga on one mat in a rematch of their third-place bout in the North Coast Section championships last season, Lyle was tangling with Freedom's Ricky Coster on the adjacent mat, about a month after Lyle stopped Coster in a dual match.
Not much has changed.
Bazan, who beat Papalaga for bronze at NCS, scored on a reverse with six seconds left to secure a 5-2 victory for the 172-pound championship. At the same time, in a battle of three-time NCS medalists, Lyle held off a late charge by Coster for a 4-3 victory and his fourth BVAL title.
Liberty made its own late charge, winning six individual titles to move past Freedom for the tournament championship. Bryar Edwards (106), Tino Curiel (115), Nico Zanarini (122), Justin Hansz (140) and Jesse Gregorson (154) also won individual titles for the Lions, who qualified 10 for the NCS championships Feb. 28-March 1 at Newark Memorial.
Freedom sent 10 wrestlers to the finals, but Bazan came away with the only gold.
Deer Valley finished sixth but boasted three champions: Rangel Lowry (287), Ayemere Oiyemhonlan (184) and Jonathan Farmer (162). Heritage and host Pittsburg each won two titles. Antonio Baldazo (197) and Oscar Esqueda (222) each won for Pittsburg, while Chris Chu (147) and Jordan Jimenez (134) won for the Patriots.