NEWARK -- The term brotherly love gets pushed to the extreme in Foothill High's wrestling room, thanks to twins Arthur and Troy Knatt.
It's nothing new for brothers to wrestle together. It's just not that common to get twins in the room, Goucher said.
Last year, Arthur finished one victory short of a medal, while Troy did not earn a trip to NCS. This year as seniors, Arthur captured the 170-pound championship as the No. 1 seed, and Troy (160) stopped Antioch's Tirandus Craig 5-1 for third place and a berth in the state tournament.
Arthur Knatt won the most dramatic match of the finals, getting a takedown at the buzzer for a 9-8 victory over Eureka's Kolton Martin in the 170-pound final.
"There's just this thing about twins," Foothill coach Dennis Goucher said. "When one is up and wrestling well, so it the other one, and when one is not doing that well, the other one isn't either."
The only problem they've had is which one would wrestle at which weight.
"But Troy was able to cut and get to a weight that was good for him," Goucher said.
Arthur Knatt's run to the 170-pound title wasn't without its controversy, though, as he took on De La Salle's Gavin Hummel in the semifinals. Hummel, the No. 6 seed, trailed top-seeded Knatt 1-0 with less than 30 seconds left in the third round when Hummel appeared to get a takedown at the edge of the wrestling circle. One of the two officials on the mat whistled action to stop, with 20 seconds left, and awarded Hummel a two-point takedown.
Goucher and co-Foothill coach Ken Coburn sprang from the corner to protest the call, saying emphatically that Hummel never had complete control of Knatt, so it should not have been a takedown.
The explanation given Goucher was that Knatt, the defensive wrestler, was still trying to execute a move.
"They said (Knatt) still had his hand on his hip, and that he wasn't on his back," Goucher said.
De La Salle coach Mark Halvorson then had his say to the protest committee. After a 15-minute conference, the officials held that Hummel did not have control so it was not a takedown and the points were taken off the board.
Knatt then held on for the 1-0 victory.
"In my coaching experience, from what I've observed, 100 percent of the time that's a takedown," Halvorson said.
Had the whistle not been blown and action continued, Hummel might still have been able to work his position into a takedown.
Halvorson said Hummel seemed to take the loss in stride. He came back with a 5-0 victory over Pittsburg's Michael Chatman in the consolation semifinal, then beat Liberty's Grant Ferris 10-3 for third place and a berth in the CIF State championships.
"He was fine and kept his head in the game," Halvorson said. "I wasn't."
FAMILIAR FOES: The 132-pound final pitted two old rivals, as well, Amador Valley's Tommy Yozzo and De La Salle's Nathan Cervantes. It was Cervantes on top two years when they met for the NCS title, and Yozzo won Feb. 22 in the East Bay Athletic League tournament final. Cervantes was the better performer in the section final, though, stopping Yozzo 5-3.
MAKING HISTORY: Dougherty Valley put a solid finish on the young school's best season to date, bringing back two medals.
Josh Lopez, at 138, won his last match, beating Andrew Nakahara of Acalanes for seventh place. Lopez fell into consolation from a quarterfinal loss, then pinned Northgate's Evan Carter in 54 seconds. A third-round pin at the hands of Liberty's Justin Hansz dropped Lopez to the seventh-place match
At 113 pounds, Max Levchenko lost a second-round match to eventual sixth-place finisher Darren Nguyen of San Leandro, then won three more bouts in consolation before a 4-2 loss to De La Salle's Kevin Dille dropped him into the seventh-place match, where he was stopped 6-3 by Manjovat Singh of James Logan.
ROAD TRIP: The EBAL will have 11 wrestlers in the state tournament, with six taking third and the final berth in the state tournament, March 7-8 in Bakersfield.
Taking third were Monte Vista's Michael McDaniels (113), De La Salle's David Conte (126) and Hummel (160), Troy Knatt (160) and David Dukleth (222) of Foothill, and Connor Veit (195) of Amador Valley.
McDaniels scored a near-fall with 43 seconds left for a 6-4 victory over Jacob Garinder of Justin-Siena. Conte handled Windsor's Dominic DuCharme 7-3; Veit overpowered Jackson Wiley of Campolindo 6-0; and Dukleth held off league rival Matthew Neale of Livermore 5-3.