COACH OF THE YEAR

Eli Bagaosian, James Logan -- Bagaosian led the Colts to the North Coast Section Dual championship, a second-place finish in the NCS team tournament by the slimmest of margins and their best showing at the California Interscholastic Federation tournament in nearly 20 years. At the state championships, Jacob Donato, at 120 pounds, and Clayton Hartwell (195) each placed fourth and Jacob Macalolooy (138) was seventh. It was Logan's best showing at state since 1996, when the Colts took home four medals and finished third, two points behind state champion Calvary Chapel.

First team

(Season record in parenthesis)

Donovin Guerrero, 106 pounds, De La Salle, 10 (26-11), So. -- The sophomore won the North Coast Section championship a week after winning the East Bay Athletic League title. He won his first match at the state tournament but was eventually eliminated by the eighth-place finisher.

Jared Luty, 113 pounds, American, So. (41-7) -- A loss to Windsor senior Perez Perez in the NCS final was the only stain on the sophomore's season. His last previous loss had been a 7-5 decision to the state's rankings leader in the Mission San Jose final. Luty went 3-2 at state.

Jacob Donato, 120 pounds, James Logan, Sr. (38-7) -- The senior went on a tear in the final month of the season, winning in succession the Mission San Jose Invitational, Mission Valley Athletic League and NCS tournaments, then winning his first three bouts at state before an overtime loss in the semifinals. He came back to place fourth.


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Devon Lyle, 126 pounds, Liberty, Sr. (39-8) -- He became one of the most decorated wrestlers at Liberty when he won the NCS title. Lyle is a four-time BVAL champion and a four-time NCS placewinner. He went 2-2 at state.

Tommy Yozzo, 132 pounds, Amador Valley, Sr. (47-7) -- He finished his career as the most successful wrestler ever at Amador Valley. He is the school's first state medal winner, after taking seventh, and was a four-time NCS placewinner. He bounced back from a loss to De La Salle's Nathan Cervantes in the NCS title match -- a week after beating him for the EBAL championship -- going 5-2 at the state tournament, winning his final match by technical fall.

Jacob Macalolooy, 138 pounds, James Logan, Sr. (44-8) -- Macalolooy finished his prep career as one of the most decorated wrestlers at James Logan. He took seventh in the state tournament, bouncing back from an overtime loss in the championship quarterfinal round. He is the second Colt to win four MVAL championships and was a two-time NCS champion.

Angel Beltran, 145 pounds, Granada, Sr. (37-9) -- His convincing victory over Mission San Jose's Enrique Green in the NCS title match gave Beltran, a two-time EBAL champion, his fifth tournament title of the season. Beltran also won the Mission San Jose Invitational and the EBAL title, then went 3-2 at the state tournament.

Jesse Gregorson, 152 pounds, Liberty, Jr. (45-8) -- The junior recorded four pins en route to a third-place finish in the NCS championships. It was Gregorson's second time on the medal platform at NCS after taking fifth as a sophomore.

Marc Wilhelm, 160 pounds, College Park, Sr. (37-6) -- Wilhelm outperformed the other two NCS wrestlers at this weight in the state tournament, going 2-2. Wilhelm placed second in North Coast after easily winning the Diablo Valley Athletic League tournament. He also won the Puma Classic at Maria Carrillo.

Arthur Knatt, 170 pounds, Foothill, Sr. (47-6) -- Knatt had a great run during the regular season and through the first two weeks of the postseason. He won the Chris Snowden Memorial, Dawn 2 Dusk and Albany tournaments, then won the EBAL and NCS championships.

Zack Wally, 182 pounds, James Logan, Sr. (34-6) -- The senior missed part of the season because of injury but still won the MVAL championship and took second at NCS, losing to Redwood's Nathan Morris -- the eventual sixth-place finisher at state -- in the section championship match. Wally went 2-2 at the state tournament.

Clayton Hartwell, 195 pounds, James Logan, Sr. (42-4) -- His impeccable prep career ends with a fourth-place medal in the state championships, where he went 5-2 after falling in the semifinals. Hartwell has been among California's elite for two years: He leaves as a two-time NCS champion, a three-time MVAL champion and a two-time state medalist.

Quentin Wright, 220 pounds, Alhambra, Sr. (36-4) -- Wright's first trip to state ended with a seventh-place medal. He was still relatively obscure, ranked 33rd in the state, but beat the 21st-ranked wrestler in his first consolation match, then Nos. 6, 24 and 26 in the consolation bracket. He is just the third Bulldog to place at state since the current format began in 1973. Wright also won the NCS title.

Rangel Lowry, 285 pounds, Deer Valley, Jr. (32-3) -- Lowry entered the NCS tournament undefeated, eventually falling to top-seeded Pablo Gonzalez of Ukiah 3-2 in the final. During the regular season, he won the Bay Area Invitational (Castro Valley), Lou Bronzan Invitational (Liberty), the Mat Classic (Granada), the Armijo Invitational, the Tri-Valley Cup (Dublin) and the Lou Encilada Invitational (Rodriguez-Fairfield) tournaments.

-- Steve Dulas