Booth leads Folsom in Escalon

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom High wrestlers had a busy weekend, competing in various tournaments.

A bulk of the team went to Escalon for the Lloyd C. Engel Tournament. Curtis Booth provided the biggest highlight, as he dropped down to the 106-pound bracket and won it, upsetting top-seed Logan Eaton of Oakdale in the final, 9-8.

“Curtis looked dominant going into the finals with pins and technical falls along the way,” Collier said. “This was his first varsity individual tournament title of his high school career and hopefully there will be many more.”

Josh Lazaro, in what Collier estimated was the toughest weight class in the tournament, placed third at 132 pounds. Lazaro took down Ponderosa’s Jimmy Scarr in overtime to win the bout for third place.

“Josh wrestled up a weight class for better competition and he certainly got it,” Collier said.

Devon Nooner placed fourth at 170 pounds, while Andrew Coyne (120) and Jerod Nooner (182) finished in the top-eight in their divisions.

In the B-bracket, Cooper Fields placed second at 160 pounds, while Justin Badger took third at 220 and Zach McMillan (126) earned a top-eight finish.

Eric Helm placed fourth in the C bracket, while Kevin Borgh (132) and Eli Diaz (145) earned second-place finishes in the D bracket. Connor Friery, wrestling at 138 pounds, placed third in the D bracket.

At the Oak Ridge tournament, Jerry Garrido placed second at 120 pounds, while Jason Bergquist finished sixth at 132 pounds. Jordan Denny (126) and Jake Bienvenue (182) won matches, but did not place.

At a freshman-sophomore tournament at Foothill, James Angello had the best day by placing second in his weight class. Kind Prado and Eli Wood earned third-place finishes, Wood pinning his opponent in his final bout, while Prado won his final bout 5-4.

Braedan Kavan placed sixth, while Konner McNulty and Max Aseel competed in the tournament, but didn’t place.