Bulldogs too much for Trojans in 39-24 win

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Things started off well for Oak Ridge, but when it was all said and done, Folsom High’s wrestling team earned a 39-24 win over the Trojans in a Delta River League showdown Wednesday night in El Dorado Hills.

Folsom won 10 of the 14 weight classes and 10 of the 13 bouts, as one of Oak Ridge’s wins came by forfeit in the heavyweight division.

Oak Ridge dropped the opening bout at 182 pounds, as Jake Bienvenue earned a hard-fought 3-1 win over Bishane Segal, but from there the Trojans won the next three weight classes, starting with a pin from Zach Claiborne at 195. Folsom’s Jerod Nooner gave Claiborne all he could handle, as the wrestlers were locked in a 2-2 tie early in the third period. Claiborne got a chance to throw Nooner to his back and did so and earned a pin in 5 minutes, 33 seconds. It was a match both coaches were talking about afterwards.

“Jerod wrestled a tough match and just made one mistake at the end,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “He could have stolen that match, but he needs to set things up better for himself.”

Claiborne is rounding into form, having come off an extended football season, as the Trojans reached the Division I championship game, which forced Claiborne to miss several weeks of practice.

“Zach was wrestling a kid that was very defensive and countered a lot and it was important for Zach to stay patient and not force anything,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “The opportunity came for Zach and he took it. He can put anyone on his back, as long as he’s patient.”

Sherman McVay followed with another pin for the Trojans at 220 pounds, as he worked up an 11-3 lead on Justin Badger before finishing the match in 3:04. Heavyweight Jacob Proul’s forfeit win gave the Trojans an 18-3 lead, but it was all Folsom from there.

The Bulldogs, slowly and methodically, came back with nine straight wins, starting with three straight major decisions from Carlos Alvarez (106), Curtis Booth (113) and Jerry Garrido (120). Despite not feeling well, Alvarez earned a 14-2 win over Josh Ploke and Booth followed with a 14-5 win over Christian Portilla. Garrido then shut out Daelin Wofford, 11-0.

Andrew Coyne followed with a 6-5 decision over Xavier Liongson at 126 pounds which tied the match at 18.

At 132 pounds, Josh Lazaro gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with a 7-2 win over Ryan Redhair and Mason Koshiyama followed with Folsom’s only pin of the night, as he put Jake Plakson on his back 3:14 into his bout at 138 pounds.

Lorenzo De La Riva earned a major decision at 145 pounds over Brandon Claiborne, which was a win against one of the Trojans top wrestlers.

“Lorenzo lost to him the first time he faced him at Curt Mettler, but he’s beaten him three times in a row now,” Collier said. “He’s a tough freshman, but if Lorenzo keeps his pace, he’s tough to keep up with. It was a big match because if he would have lost Oak Ridge could have gotten momentum back on their side and momentum is big in dual matches.”

Connor Watson earned Folsom’s fifth major decision at 152 pounds with an 8-0 win over Kevan Cryan and Nick Fiegener made it six majors with a surprisingly easy 14-2 win over Ali Atebar, who’s having a good season for the Trojans.

Oak Ridge’s top wrestler, Keaton Subjeck, finished the match with a pin over Devon Nooner at 170 pounds. Subjeck led 7-0 before putting Nooner on his back for good at the 2:25 mark, making the final score 39-24.

“There were no huge surprises,” Collier said. “It went how I anticipated it would go.”

Rhyan echoed Collier’s thought.

“We knew Folsom was tough, as they beat us pretty bad two weeks ago,” Rhyan said. “I thought our guys wrestled well, only giving up one pin. We wrestled hard and I’m proud of them.”