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Fiegener wins tournament, five Bulldogs place in top-8

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Nick Fiegener won the 160-pound weight class and four other Folsom wrestlers placed in the top-eight, as Folsom High’s wrestling team finished second at the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament held Friday and Saturday in Sacramento.

It was another fine performance by the Bulldogs, who finished behind Clovis West, the 10th-ranked team in the state.

Fiegener won his first four matches easily to reach the finals where he faced Justin Brown, a familiar foe from Calaveras High. Fiegener had already beaten Brown twice this season and won his third-straight match against Brown Saturday, 5-3. It was a clash between two of the top wrestlers at 160 pounds, as Fiegener is ranked second in the state and Brown is ranked fifth.

On his way to the finals, Fiegener pinned Richard Mullinax of Capital Christian, defeated Cordero Rios from Chico, 12-0, got by Kyle Campiotti from Granada High, 10-4 and defeated Patrick Neu from Del Oro, 16-1.

Curtis Booth also reached the championship bout for the Bulldogs in his first tournament at 106 pounds, before losing to Morgan Sauseda of Chico, 5-2. Booth was in the match all the way to end before Sauseda earned a reversal in the final seconds to win by three.

“Despite the loss in the finals to Sauseda, who’s ranked 13th in the state, Curtis had a great tournament,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “He came in seeded fifth and became the highest-placing freshman we’ve had at this event.”

Like Fiegener, Booth was dominant in the early rounds, earning a fall against Eric Silva of Foothill, a 10-2 win over Jerie Garcia of Lincoln, pinning Mason Boutain of Benicia and earning a 5-2 win over Hiawatha Miles from Lassen High.

Lorenzo De La Riva seemed on his way to the finals in the 145-pound class, leading Travis Coleman of Upper Lake High, 7-1, in the semifinals until he was caught and pinned. De La Riva fought his way back in consolations, beating Levi Russell of Las Lomas High, 4-3 and Payton Russom of De La Salle, 5-0, to finish in third place.

“It’s hard to take a loss like that, but we talked about being mentally tough and being able to respond after a big disappointment and that’s exactly what Lorenzo did,” Collier said.

In what Collier called the toughest weight class in the tournament, Mason Koshiyama placed fifth at 138 pounds. Koshiyama upset No. 2 seed Austin Solari of Liberty, 2-1, to reach the semis, where he lost to Johnny Callas, the eventual champion from Nevada Union, 6-2.

Koshiyama then lost 5-4 to Branden Matu of Antelope High before finishing the tournament with a pin over Nicolas Lang from Livermore.

“Mason showed he’s right there with the top wrestlers in the state,” Collier said.

Carlos Alvarez placed seventh at 106 pounds by winning four of his six matches, losing only to the third and fourth-place finishers. Alvarez finished the tournament with a pin of Mason Boutain of Benicia, who defeated Alvarez earlier in the season.

Folsom travels to Ponderosa today for a dual match with the Bruins, the winner of which will likely be the Delta River League champion.

“We beat them handily last year, but I anticipate this match being much closer and it may come down to the last match,” Collier said. “It will be quite a challenge to beat them in their gym and it should be an exciting dual.”