Martinoni is now a two-time All-American wrestlerBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Folsom High senior Angelo Martinoni became an All-American for a second time last weekend by placing second at the Flo Nationals wrestling tournament held in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Competing in the 126-pound weight class, Martinoni entered the tournament unseeded, but certainly made a name for himself by the time the tournament had ended. He opened with a 15-2 major decision victory before facing Ryan Moore from Kentucky, who was seeded third in the bracket and had recently reached the finals of the National High School Coaches Association Nationals held in Virginia. Martinoni defeated Moore 4-2 to advance and then earned a 13-7 victory to reach the quarterfinals.
Up next was sixth seeded Val Park, a two-time state champion in Oklahoma, who Martinoni beat 6-2 to advance to the semis. Facing a two-time state placer in Florida, Justin Rivera, Martinoni earned a 5-2 decision to make the finals. Martinoni then dropped an 11-3 major decision to Jakob Camacho of Connecticut to place second.
“This was a fantastic run to end Angelo's high school career, getting to the finals as an unseeded wrestler in arguably the toughest national tournament out there,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “Colleges in California and the west coast knew who he was before, but now he made a name for himself on the national scene, so hopefully he will have college coaches from around the country talking to him or giving him scholarship offers, as he plans on wrestling in college.”
Folsom’s Kyle Richards and Evan Taylor also competed at Flo Nationals. Richards reached the quarterfinals at 195 pounds before losing his next two matches, while Taylor managed one win before being eliminated.
“Kyle finished one win shy of becoming an All-American,” Collier said. “Just like at state, Richards finished in the top-12 at his weight class. Kyle and Evan both got national level experience so they can see what it takes to get to that next level to be an All-American.”
Another wrestler from the Mad Dawg Wrestling Club, Colton Meixner, competed at Reno Worlds and placed third in the 6-and-under, 52-pound division. Meixner reached the finals of his weight class, where he was injured and lost the match. The injury kept Meixner from wrestling for second place, so he ended up third overall, as he had to default his final bout.
Two other Mad Dawg wrestlers, Jordan Yi (55 pounds) and Garrett Hicks (84 pounds), reached the quarterfinals and were two wins away from placing in the top-six of their respective weight classes.