The Las Lomas High wrestling team put seven wrestlers into championship matches and captured six individual titles to help win the Diablo Foothill Athletic League tournament Saturday at Miramonte.
The Knights qualified 10 wrestlers for the North Coast Section Championships on Friday and Saturday at Newark Memorial and finished with 284 points as a team. Dougherty Valley was second with 233 points.
The Knights, who also won an undefeated DFAL dual title as well as the NCS Division II East Bay team dual championship, led by a comfortable 142-128 score before the medal rounds began, then lost only one of their final 10 matches.
Amir Khakimov (126 pounds), Levi Russell (145), Trey Brazil (160), Jason Sullivan (182), Lance Larson (220) and Dylan Walsh (285) all were crowned league champs. Willie Amen placed second at 195 after Dougherty's Emanuel Anaim pinned him at 3:24.
In the grittiest matches of the tournament thanks to the stakes, Jeff Caldwell (120), Akmal Khakimov (138) and Saleb Wali (170) all won their third-place matches to advance to NCS. The top three placers at the DFAL tournament qualified for the section championships.
Dougherty Valley sends eight to NCS, led by league champs Max Levchenko (113) and Emanuel Anaim (195). Alhambra, which placed third, was led by champion Avi Buyuker (108). The Bulldogs send seven to NCS.
MVAL Championships: James Logan's Artemio Flores won the 126-pound division
Flores is ranked ninth in the state at 132 pounds by thecaliforniawrestler.com. But he's dropped to the 126-pound class, where he will likely be the No. 1 seed for the NCS championships.
"I came into this season hungry and didn't want to leave anything on the table," Flores said. "Dropping down to 126 gives me a lot of confidence. I did a good job at 132, but I match up so much better at this division."
Clayton Hartwell claimed the 195-pound class, as he and Flores helped Logan win the team title with 252.5 points.
Kennedy had its first league champion since 2002 when Dairus Wells upset Logan's Shoaib Rasooli 6-4 in the 182-pound division.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
WACC Championships: In the inaugural West Alameda County Conference Championships at Arroyo, Castro Valley, which had seven individual champions, edged San Leandro for first place with 209 points. San Leandro finished with 182, followed by Albany (149.5).
Leading the way for Castro Valley was 134-pounder Diego Lazares.
The junior claimed his second straight league crown -- he won the now-defunct Hayward Area Athletic League title last year -- with a pin in 3 minutes, 52 seconds over Mt. Eden's Jonathan Sturholm.
The most thrilling match of the day came at 197 pounds as Bob Ely of Albany outlasted Michael Ponce of Hayward in two overtimes, 6-5.
In easily the day's second-best match, Arroyo's Ben Sira beat Albany's Alex Malanche at 184 pounds with a takedown in overtime for a 6-4 victory. It was Sira's second straight league crown.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent