Folsom's Lopez places sixth at state wrestling tourney

By: Staff Report
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Sophomore Desinee Lopez became the third Folsom High female wrestler to earn a medal at the CIF state wrestling tournament.

Lopez, competing in the 116-pound weight class, won four matches and lost three and placed sixth at the tournament held over the weekend in Visalia.

After dropping an 8-3 decision to Central Coast Champion Alyssa Valdivia of Frontier High, Lopez won four straight matches to reach the consolation semifinals. Lopez defeated La Costa Canyon’s Cora Johnson-Woessner in overtime, 5-3, and then got by Katelyn Pham of Deer Valley, 16-5, and narrowly escaped Gabriella Sandoval, 2-1.

Next, Lopez faced the South Section champion and the No. 2 seed Gloria Gonzalez, who she battled to a 9-6 victory.

In the consolation semis, Lopez ran into Valdivia again and lost a closer match this time, 8-6. Lopez actually led 6-4 in the last seconds of the bout, but gave up a reversal late and the match went into overtime. Valdivia scored the takedown and won the match.

In the match for fifth, Lopez dropped a 5-2 decision to Niya Gaines.

Lopez was awarded by the CIF with the “Pursuing Victory with Honor” award for respect, integrity, and class with which she competed during the tournament.

Folsom’s other two female state placers are Nonie Reyes-Small and current girls’ coach Tianna Camous, who was a state champion.