Fiegener wins weight class at Mettler Invite; Folsom places fifthBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Nick Fiegener placed first and Mason Koshiyama finished second in their respective weight classes, as Folsom High’s wrestling team placed fifth at the Curt Mettler Invitational held Saturday at Elk Grove High.
Folsom took 10 wrestlers to the tournament and eight came home with medals. Fiegener defended his title from a year ago, pinning all three opponents on his way to winning the 160-pound weight class.
Koshiyama reached the finals at 145, but lost in the championship match and took second. Connor Watson placed third at 152 pounds.
“Connor continues to impress in his first year of varsity action,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “He was fifth last week and even though this was a tougher tournament, he was able to improve and move up to third place.”
Carlos Alvarez (106), Curtis Booth (113) and Lorenzo De La Riva (145) all placed fourth in their weight classes.
“Carlos and Lorenzo lost close decisions in their third-place matches, and I think we can make a few adjustments so we can come out on top the next time they see those guys,” Collier said. “Curtis had a nice showing in his first varsity tournament. He came in seeded seventh and was able to finish fourth while wrestling up a weight class.”
Tyler Hoffman placed sixth at 120 pounds, while freshman Jason Bergquist placed seventh in his first varsity tournament. Sophomores Jordan Denny (126) and Jake Bienvenue (182) finished one match shy of the medal rounds.
At a girls tournament in the Bay Area, Folsom’s Nonie Small placed second and Shauna Martinez ended up fourth in their respective weight classes.
“We are still waiting for our full team to come together, but we are making progress and we will continue to improve and get better as the year goes on,” Collier said. “We will need to get our big guys (from football) in wrestling shape when they come out this next week, but the potential is there to have another great year.”
The Folsom High School JV wrestling team traveled to Concord Saturday to compete in the Clayton Valley Shootout Wrestling Tournament.
Folsom entered 13 wrestlers with nine of these individuals earning medals. Leading the way were Jerry Garrido and Cooper Fields. Garrido won the 126 pound weight class, while Fields took first at 160 pounds.
Freshman Zach McMillan wrestled Garrido in the finals, losing to his teammate by decision to take second place. Also making it to the finals but having to settle for the silver medal were Tito Moreno (125) and Kevin Borgh (132).
Four other wrestlers took third place to earn the bronze medal including Alder Moreno (114), Max Aseel (128), Eric Helm (150) and Konnor McNulty (190).
Also competing in the wrestling tournament but not earning a medal were Kind Prado (118), Zach Sloan (120), Connor Friery (140) and Chris Bracy (153).