UNION CITY -- The De La Salle High wrestling team battled some of the toughest teams in California this season in dual meet action.

The Spartans faced off against Clovis, Gilroy, Bakersfield and Buchanan -- all teams ranked in the state's top 20, according to www.thecaliforniawrestler.com. Clovis is the state's top ranked team.

De La Salle went winless against those teams.

"Those are some of the top teams in the state and we had a lot of teachable moments from those," De La Salle coach Mark Halvorson said.

Those teachable moments were on display at Saturday's North Coast Section Division I Dual Championships at James Logan.

The No. 2 seed Spartans, who trailed by 12 points twice in the championship match against top-seeded Logan, didn't panic, stuck to their game plan and then posted a come-from-behind 35-30 thriller that came down to the final bout.

This was the fifth straight Division I crown for the Spartans, who also claimed the 2007 and 2008 crowns in Division II.

In Division II, top-seeded Las Lomas beat No. 2 Albany 39-22 got its second title in three years. After winning the championship two years ago, they were runner-ups last year to Albany.

In the Division I final, Logan, which has lost to De La Salle five years in a row in the finals, took a 24-12 lead on an 8-6 win by Art Flores over Nathan Cervantez at 128 pounds.


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De La Salle's Wesley Hart scored a pin in 56 seconds over Felix Benavente at 134 pounds to cut Logan's lead to 24-18. But the Colts responded with a pin in 5:21 by Jacob Macalolooy over Andrew Cervantez to give Logan a 30-18 lead.

But the final four matches were won by the Spartans.

De La Salle's Scott King led the charge with a 16-1 technical-fall victory with one second left in his match against Eugene Biyok at 154 pounds. At 162 pounds -- the second to last match of the night -- Jimmy Cabral gave De La Salle a 320-30 lead with a 5-1 win over Alvaro Salas.

The Spartans' Aaron Pease capped the night with a 6-0 win over Zach Wally at 172 pounds.