De La Riva, Bienvenue lead Bulldogs at Vista tournamentBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Folsom High kicked off its wrestling season by placing fourth at the Vista Tournament on Saturday.
The Bulldogs only had seven wrestlers compete at the tournament and all went home with a medal with top-six finishes.
Sophomores Lorenzo De La Riva and Jake Bienvenue won championships at 145 and 182 pounds, respectively. Both wrestlers won all four of their matches; De La Riva finishing with three pins and a major decision and Bienvenue winning his first varsity tournament with a decision in the finals. De La Riva was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Lowerweight.
Jason Mica placed third for the Bulldogs at 152 pounds. Tyler Hoffman (120), Connor Watson (152) and Cooper Fields (160) all finished fifth in their respective weight classes. Hoffman, Watson and Fields won four of five matches on the day. Watson and Fields earned their first varsity medals. Jordan Denny, who placed sixth at 126 pounds, also earned his first varsity medal.
“We had a great day at all three levels for the varsity, JV and the girls today ,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “As a team, we were able to finish in fourth place out of 20 teams despite only have six wrestlers who could score team points (we had two wrestlers in the same weight). We gave a lot of our starters the week off, and we still do not have any of our upperweight football guys as they are still playing, so it will be exciting to see what we can do when we get our whole team together.
“The JV wrestlers and girls also had good results in our first full weekend of wrestling. Next week we will take a few more wrestlers to the varsity tourney in Elk Grove, while the JV will be traveling to Clayton Valley in Concord and the girls will also be heading to the Bay Area to the San Leandro tournament.”
The JV wrestlers had eight champions at the Woodland Tournament, who combined to win 40 matches without a loss. Going 5-0 and earning the gold medal included: Curtis Booth (112), Jerry Garrido (122), Zach McMillan (126), Tito Moreno (127), Jason Bergquist (132), Connor Friery (142), Eric Helm (152) and Eli Diaz (160).
The Bulldogs also had four other individuals earn medals. Taking second place with a 4-1 record included Zachary Sloan (120) and Kevin Borgh (130). Earning third place with a 3-2 record included Alder Morenon(113) and Dave Aguilar (213).
Also competing in the tournament but not earning a medal were Max Aseel, James Aseel, Naseer Formoli, Kyle Shummer and Konnor McNalty.