League wrestling champions will be crowned on Friday and Saturday. The Bay Shore Athletic League championships are Friday, while the Bay Valley Athletic League, Diablo Foothill Athletic League and East Bay Athletic League will hold their championships on Saturday.
In the BSAL, Albany easily won the duals title. However, 14 individual titles are on the line at California School for the Deaf in Fremont. The tournament starts at 4 p.m. Albany is the defending team champion. St. Patrick-St. Vincent should contend for second place. The top three wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the North Coast Section championships.
In the BVAL, Liberty is looking to dethrone Antioch as the team champ. The Lions won the league dual title. The championships start Saturday morning at Liberty. De La Salle should give Liberty a run for its money. In this league, the top four placers advance to the NCS championships.
The DFAL tournament is at Dublin all day Saturday. College Park had to get past Mt. Diablo and Miramonte last week to complete an undefeated season in DFAL duals. Expect those three teams to battle it out for the league championship, with College Park the favorite. The Falcons also won the NCS 3A East Bay duals title last week while the Red Devils claimed the 2A championship. Campolindo’s Nikko Triggas (112 pounds) and Las Lomas’s Jason Welch (152) are ranked No. 2 in the state in their weight class by TheCaliforniaWrestler.com. The top three placers in each weight division advance to the NCS.
Foothill is hosting Saturday’s EBAL championships. It starts at 9 a.m. Foothill and Granada have been the top two teams in the league all season, with the Falcons narrowly defeating the Matadors in their league dual and by a slightly wider margin at last weekend’s NCS team 3A duals championship at Granada. Foothill then advance to the final and fell to College Park. The top three in each weight class qualify for NCS. Foothill’s Kellen Aura (103) is ranked No. 2 in the state.
Which teams do you think will emerge as league champs and why?