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Camous earns wrestling scholarship to Lindenwood

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom High wrestler Tianna Camous recently received a scholarship to wrestle at the next level. The three-time All-American and last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion will be attending Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri next year. Lindenwood is part of the Heart of America Athletic Conference that is made up of schools mostly in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. “At first, I only wanted to go somewhere that was going to give me a scholarship and help me out with my major. What sealed the deal was that a close friend that I’ve wrestled with on the national team also goes to Lindenwood. I’m really looking forward to it,” said Camous, who will be studying exercise science in hopes of becoming a personal trainer/therapist. “My wrestling style has changed a lot since I started. I used to be really defensive and now I play off my opponent. I’ll try to feel them out and if they take some shots, I’ll try to capitalize,” she said. Camous, Folsom’s freestyling co-captain, has been wrestling for eight years now and has been able to travel to such places as Arizona, North Dakota, Florida, Washington and all the way down under to Australia to compete in tournaments. Folsom High wrestling coach Mike Collier has coached Camous since her freshman year at Folsom and has known her since junior high thanks to an off-season program. “Tianna has always been a hard worker who puts in the time and is not afraid to do the dirty work,” Collier said. “At Lindenwood, I’m sure her freshman year will give her some lumps, but she’s got the determination. She listens well, she’s very coachable and she will work hard to try to prove herself everyday. (Lindenwood) is very lucky to have her.” While the number of female wrestlers in high school has dramatically grown over the past few years, Camous is still not afraid to get in there and mix it up with boys. “Tianna is a great technician. She possesses all the same techniques as high-level varsity boys. She’s very thick and strong for her weight class and when you put that strength and technique together, it’s hard to stop,” said Collier. “We tried to get her to go to more girls tournaments and she’s been one of the top wrestlers at each one, but she will wrestle either.” “I know it sounds a little outrageous, but my goal this year is to go undefeated all year and get back to sections,” said Camous, who is off to a great start at maintaining that goal as she’s undefeated through the first three weeks of the season.