Lopez wins two state wrestling titles

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Folsom High sophomore and member of the Mad Dawg Wrestling Club Desinee Lopez captured two state titles over the weekend in Fresno.

Competing in the Freestyle State Tournament, Lopez won the Cadet girls’ division at 117 pounds on Saturday and followed that up with another state championship Sunday wrestling up in age division at the Junior level.

Lopez won the cadet division in dominating fashion, winning by technical fall over every opponent she faced. She nearly did the same in the junior division, winning by technical fall in every match leading up to the finals before coming away with a win in a close match for her second championship. By winning both divisions, she has now qualified for Freestyle Nationals in both age groups, and will be heading to Fargo, ND this summer to try and become a Freestyle All-American and National Champion.

Also placing for Mad Dawg at Freestyle State was Evan Taylor of Folsom High who placed fourth in the state at 113 pounds in the junior division. After an opening round loss to the eventual finalist, Taylor rattled off three straight wins to get to the third-place match, where he dropped a close decision.

Finishing in the top-12 and one match from the medal rounds were David Lopez (132) and Kyle Richards (220), who was up a weight class competing in his first freestyle tournament. Also competing and picking up a pair of pins for Mad Dawg was Caiden Cohen at 152 pounds.

Last weekend, Mad Dawg competed at the Club Championships at Vista del Lago. Mad Dawg was well represented and won two of the four team trophies. The Bantam/Intermediate group (5-8 year olds) and the Junior Division (11th and 12th graders) both earned the first-place trophy for their respective divisions. 

Champions for the younger group included the following: First place Freestyle: Andrew Suarez, Nox Cruzat, Colton Meixner, Jordan Yi, Kingston Cruzat. First place Folkstyle:  Nox Cruzat, Benjamin Turner, Jordan Yi, Kyle Hara. Also, Robb Gunn (Schoolboy) competed in all three styles and earned a medal in Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman.

For the high school division, Evan Taylor won gold in all three styles, and Mad Dawg had numerous medalists and champions to help bring home the first-place trophy.

Mad Dawg Wrestling Club will be practicing all throughout the spring and summer and is still open and available for anyone who would like to join. There are 4 year olds all the way up to college wrestlers, and the club includes beginning novices all the way up to state placers, state champions, and All-Americans. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays with the beginning group going from 5-6 p.m. and the older advanced group practicing from 6-7:30 p.m. See for more information and registration details.