LIVERMORE -- San Ramon Valley High wrestler David Pinto won the 140-pound title at the East Bay Athletic League wrestling tournament on Feb. 22.

Monte Vista's Michael McDaniel, who took top honors at the Bay Area 51 tournament, Lou Bronzan and San Ramon Valley Invitational, won the 115-pound title. Pinto also was crowned champion at the San Ramon Valley Invitational and was third at the Albany tourney.

Amador Valley senior Tommy Yozzo accomplished one of his goals beating De La Salle senior Nathan Cervantes 3-2 in the 134 championship. He moved closer to two other major goals: win North Coast Section and state championships.

Yozzo got a takedown with 25 seconds left and held on in a matchup of two state-ranked wrestlers.

"I've never been an NCS champ or a state champ, but there's no one in California I can't beat, or stay with," said Yozzo, who was third in the NCS last year after finishing second as a sophomore and seventh as a freshman.

Yozzo felt he could avenge a loss from early in the season against Cervantes, ranked 10th in the state by thecaliforniawrestler.com at 126 pounds. For Yozzo, ranked 11th at 134, this time was his turn.

The Spartans sent eight to the EBAL finals, coming away with two championships. Donovin Guerrero throttled Michael Bilichik of Foothill 15-0 in the 108-pound final, and David Conte decisioned Tyler Biasatti of Amador Valley 6-2 at 128.

Foothill was in position to make a run at the Spartans, with Falcons in the final six league bouts. But after back-to-back victories by the Knatt brothers, Troy at 162 and Arthur at 172, the Falcons lost three straight until Kohlton Clark edged California's Gerrick Labre 6-5 in overtime at 287.

Livermore won four individual titles, with Aaron Cortez (122), Jacob Roach (154), Cody McNaney (197) and Matthew Neale (222). Angel Beltran earned host Granada its lone title, at 147 pounds.

The EBAL featured 13 wrestlers listed in the latest California Wrestler rankings. All won gold except for three Spartans: Cervantes, Jack Walsh and Doug Hooper. Walsh lost 13-6 to Beltran in the 147-pound final.

Foothill will send nine and Livermore seven to NCS.

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