Camous has busy July on the mat and in the air

By: Matt Long
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With a trip to Australia followed by a jaunt to North Dakota, Tianna Camous has logged quite a bit of airfare miles this summer. The 16-year-old junior at Folsom High spent most of the month of July away at wrestling tournaments, as she competed in the Down Under Sports Wrestling Tournament, followed by the Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND. After being told she would face female competitors at the Down Under Tournament, Camous and her teammates arrived to find very few girls there at all. Out of eight female California wrestlers, only three had matches against girls. “My coach was mad because he kept asking before the trip if there were going to be other girls there,” Camous said. “I just shrugged it off, though, because I knew there was nothing I could do about it. The thing that frustrates me in wrestling boys is that they’re just stronger. I just have to outsmart them and beat them with technique.” Camous dropped her first two matches against boys in Australia, but then pinned the only female she wrestled in the tournament, Tiffany Leon, her own teammate. The next day she defeated a male opponent from Australia, before losing her final two matches. After returning home, Camous had two days to relax before heading off to Fargo for the Junior Nationals, where she was guaranteed to face female opponents. The one down note of the tournament, however, was that Camous contracted an upper respiratory infection that weakened her and caused her to drop 10 pounds in 10 days. She started the tournament with three straight wins, impressively by first period pins, but then lost her final three matches as her physical condition worsened. Camous did well enough to place eighth in the tournament in the 124-pound weight class, which earned her All-American status. Following the individual tournament, Camous and her California teammates won the team tournament, as Camous won both her matches. “The team tournament made the trip,” Camous said. All in all, it was a good month despite only facing one female competitor in Australia and being sick during the Junior Nationals. “I know I grew emotionally throughout the tournaments,” Camous said. “I can take losses a little better. I also got to wrestle two boys from New Zealand and it was neat to see how their styles are different from ours. I’m more confident now and I’ve found some go-to moves that I know I can do at any time during any match. It was pretty fun.” Camous plans to relax for the final two weeks of her summer vacation before school, and football, starts.