Camous has one goal left to accomplish

With a section title under her belt, state tournament is next challenge
By: Matt Long
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Tianna Camous is one of the most accomplished wrestlers to come through Folsom High. She’s a two-time section title winner and as a sophomore placed fifth in the state tournament. It was at last year’s state tournament that Camous, now a senior, came up one win shy of earning a medal and it’s that performance that has made her senior year such a successful one. With only the state tournament remaining, Camous has yet to lose a match. She will enter the state tournament Feb. 25-26 at Lemoore High School with an unblemished 34-0 record and will likely be the No. 1 seed in the 122-pound weight class. “Not placing at state last year motivated me,” Camous said. “I decided that I truly wanted to excel and to do that I knew I had to work hard. My mindset changed. Rarely a day went by that I wasn’t doing something. I’m mentally stronger this year and more confident.” Camous had been dominating opponents this season. Twenty-eight of her 34 wins have come by pin, which is a clear sign of domination. Some wrestlers are satisfied with wins, but Camous goes after the fall. “I really like to get the pins,” Camous said. “I’ve been working different moves in different situations and that’s helped me.” Camous shined brightest at the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament at McNair High School Feb. 4-5. She won the 122-pound weight class, winning four matches all by fall. She worked up a 12-1 lead over Harpreet Deol of American Canyon before getting a second-period fall. She led Rose Moore of Central Valley 2-0 before pinning her at the end of the first period. In the semi-finals, Camous had another 2-0 lead over Kortney Denna of Napa before finishing the bout with a pin. Against Ashley Taylor of Lindhurst in the finals, Camous led 4-1 before earning a third-period pin. “I hadn’t seen Taylor previously this year so I didn’t know what type of wrestler she was,” Camous said. “I was confident but a little nervous for the match because of that. I wrestled tentatively and cautiously, but by the third period I was more comfortable. At first I wasn’t sure that I got the pin because the ref didn’t slap the mat that hard, but I was happy when I pinned her.” Mike Collier, Folsom High’s wrestling coach, is proud of what Camous has accomplished so far this season. After a somewhat difficult season a year ago, Camous had rebounded to have a spectacular senior year. “Part of Tianna’s success this year is that she’s older, more mature and experienced,” Collier said. “She’s always been a student of the game and has very good technique and works hard in the room. She’s worked on her strength and is stronger than most of the girls she’s wrestled. She’s also leaner this year, dropping from 132 pounds last year to 122 this year. You see she gets in situations this year where in the past she would struggle, but now she’s so strong she just powers her way through and it makes her tough to stop.” Collier also said wrestling against the boys during practice, including Matt Parker, Tyler Rios, Kyle Parrott and at times others have benefited her. Parker, a senior who wrestlers at 130 pounds, participates in a lot of drills against Camous. “Tianna has really good conditioning, keeps a good pace and doesn’t slack off,” Parker said. “She drills hard and doesn’t give up. She knows quite a bit of moves too.” While Camous is clearly one of the area’s top female wrestlers, she knows she will be challenged at the state tournament. Most of her tougher competition she’s faced this year has come from wrestlers from Southern California or from out of state. “There’s pressure heading into the state tournament because I’ve had coaches from other schools come up and tell me that I should reach the finals and could win it,” Camous said. “I try not to think about it but it’s there. Because I’ve done so well this year there is some pressure to win the state tournament. It’s good, though, because I like to show what I can do. If I keep my head and be patient, I have great potential.” Tianna Camous Grade: Senior at Folsom High Weight: 122 pounds Record: 34-0 (28 pins) Highlights: Unbeaten, section champ Next up: State tournament Feb. 25-26 Quote: “She’s so strong she just powers her way through and it makes her tough to stop.” Mike Collier