OAKLEY -- It was only appropriate that the match between the two heavyweights of Bay Valley Athletic League wrestling come down to a match between two of the league's most decorated wrestlers.
In the 138-pound match, three-time North Coast Section placewinner Devin Lyle of Liberty controlled Freedom's Ricky Coster, ranked seventh in the state at his weight class, for a 4-1 victory Wednesday which secured the Lions' 31-29 dual match victory.
"I was hoping it would come down to us," Lyle said after his victory over Coster, a defending NCS champion.
The Falcons' Clint Fredenburg, at 126 pounds, and Tyler Bennett, at 132, set the stage for the finale. Fredenburg handled Niko Zanarini 3-0 to pull the Falcons within 28-26, then Bennett put them ahead 29-28 with a 10-4 victory over Johnny Zanarini.
After a scoreless first period, Lyle -- who said he stayed low to neutralize Coster's attack -- took his shot and got Coster by the ankles, and took control for a takedown with 16 seconds left in the second round. He did a similar move in the third round, and leapt off the mat in jubilation after the buzzer.
"I wanted to win it for the team," he said.
Brandon Spolous (220), Justin Hansz (145), Jesse Gregorson (152), Sergio Napoles (103), Bryar Edwards (113) and Tino Curiel (122) also won for the Lions, with Edwards and Curiel scoring first-round pins.
Had things gone a little differently, Freedom coach John Parsons said he would have had Coster wrestle at 132 pounds instead of 138, perhaps getting a more favorable matchup. But little things got in the way.
They lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after Cameron Ott-Bales pinned Miguel Chaboya at 195; and Bennett's victory would have been worth an extra team point if he hadn't given up a reverse with 29 seconds left.
"When you have two teams like this in a dual match, little things like that can make a big difference," Parsons said. "But we've been going back and forth in the league for a long time."