Camous a three-time All-American

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High senior Tianna Camous is an All-American for a third time. Camous, 17, placed seventh in the 124-pound weight class at the Junior National Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Fargo, ND. She won three of her five matches. “I was happy with how I did,” Camous said. “The 124-pound weight class was stacked and considering my losses were to the first and third-place finishers, I can’t complain.” Camous started the tournament with two straight wins, defeating Cristta Hartinger of New York, 3-0, 1-0 and then Sydney Moore from Washington by pin in 1:33. Camous then lost to Tanya Kusse of New York, 4-2, 4-0 and then Hawaii’s Mindy Chow, 4-0, 1-0. Kusse went on to place third, while Chow tied for first place. “There are some things that I could have done to do better against them, but they are both really good wrestlers,” Camous said. Camous had one final bout against her California teammate, Alexia Moreno. A loss and Camous would have equaled her eighth-place finish from a year ago, while a win would boost her up to a seventh-place finish. “Deep down I wanted to improve on last year, but because I was wrestling my teammate, I was just happy to earn points for our team,” Camous said. “I’m glad I won, but I wouldn’t have been angry if I hadn’t. I entered the match relaxed and calm and that helped me.” Camous is now a three-time All-American by virtue of top-eight finishes at national tournaments. Earlier this year she placed sixth in folkstyle nationals in Oklahoma, while last year she finished eighth in freestyle nationals in Fargo. Camous had two Folsom High teammates compete with her, Connor Pollock and Isaias Diaz. The 16-year-old juniors both wrestled seven matches but fell short of their goal of becoming All-Americans. Pollock picked up one win in three Greco-Roman matches, while splitting four matches in freestyle, and Diaz went 1-2 in freestyle and 2-2 in Greco-Roman. “They didn’t place in the top-8, but they got the chance to wrestle seven matches at the national level, which is invaluable experience for them heading into their last two years of high school,” Folsom High wrestling coach Mike Collier said.