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Fiegener, De La Riva win at Marty Manges Invite

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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What: Folsom vs. Vista wrestling match
When: Thursday, 6 p.m., JV, 7 p.m., varsity
Where: Folsom High
 
What: Jailbreak Duals
When: JV Friday, varsity, Saturday
Where: Folsom High
 

With only eight wrestlers competing, Folsom managed two champions and a third-place overall finish at the Marty Manges Invitational held at Casa Roble High on Saturday.

 
All eight wrestlers earned a medal by placing in the top-seven of their weight classes, including a pair of champions in Nick Fiegener at 170 and Lorenzo De La Riva at 145. Folsom finished third out of 20 teams.
 
Fiegener won all five of his matches despite moving up a weight class seeking tougher competition. By the final results, he didn’t find it. Fiegener was dominant, pinning his first four opponents to reach the finals where two-team state qualifier Justin Brown of Calaveras waited. Fiegener didn’t get the pin, but he did win the match 5-2 for his second-straight tournament championship and remained unbeaten on the season.
Fiegener is currently ranked eighth in California at 160 pounds.
 
Like Fiegener, De La Riva won his second tournament of the season, this time beating teammate Mason Koshiyama by decision in the finals.
“Lorenzo was in the toughest weight class in the tournament and responded with his best effort,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “The top-four finishers are all ranked in the top-25 in the state. Lorenzo came in seeded fifth and beat the first, third and fourth seeds on the way to winning the bracket.”
 
The most satisfying victory came in the semis, where De La Riva avenged a loss to Oak Ridge’s Brandon Claiborne the previous week with a major decision win, which placed him in the finals.
 
Koshiyama dominated his competition as well, including a win over Oakmont’s Kaleo Romero on his way to the finals. Koshiyama, who was wrestling up a weight class, plans on moving down to 138 this week.
 
Carlos Alvarez also reached the finals where he lost to Del Oro’s Isaac Blackburn.
 
“They have met several times over the past two years, and it is always a close, exciting match,” said Collier. “This matchup was no exception as Alvarez (ranked #4 in the Sac-Joaquin Section) lost in overtime to Blackburn (ranked #2 in the SJS).  Alvarez had beaten Blackburn earlier in the year, but this time it was Blackburn’s turn to come out on top.  I'm sure they will see each other a few more times before the year is through.”
Jason Bergquist (132) and Connor Watson (152) placed third in the tournament.  Bergquist picked up three pins on the day and only lost to the eventual champion in the semifinals. 
 
“Connor is getting varsity experience for the first time and he continues to show he belongs,” Collier said. “He finished third for the second straight week and leads the team with 12 wins.”
 
Jordan Denny placed fourth at 126 pounds, while Jake Bienvenue won four straight matches after losing his first match to win the hard-luck bracket.
 
“Jordan put a lot of time in in the offseason so it’s great to see all of his hard work paying off for him,” Collier said. “He’s a very dedicated kid and deserves the success he’s having.”
 
Folsom plays host to Vista del Lago Thursday at 7 p.m. with JV starting at 6 p.m. On Friday Folsom hosts the JV Jailbreak Duals with the varsity competition on Saturday, as the Bulldogs look to defend the titles they won last year.
 
Folsom’s junior varsity wrestlers competed in the Wildcat Dual Wrestling Tournament at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. 
 
Despite having to forfeit three weight classes and giving up 18 team points for each match, Folsom was able to come away with a third-place team finish. The JV squad got off to a quick start winning three consecutive matches and putting them into the semifinal-medal round.  The first three wins included victories over Galt, 54-12, Vanden, 51-27 and Napa, 50-30. 
 
 In the semifinal match, Folsom ran into Vacaville and lost, 45-24. The Folsom contingent met De La Salle of Concord in the consolation championships, beating the Spartans 46-38 and taking home the third-place trophy.  
 
Leading the way for the Bulldogs and winning all of their individual matches were Jerry Garrido (120), Zach McMillan (126), Eli Dias (152), Cooper Fields (160) and Jared Nooner (195). Wrestlers going 4-1 for the day included Alder Moreno (113), Kevin Borgh (132) and Eric Helm (145).  
 
Also competing for the team were Connor Friery (138), Naseer Formoli (170) and Konnor McNulty (182).