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Folsom dominates Vista on the mats

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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The battle on the mat Thursday between Folsom’s two varsity wrestling squads turned out to be a one-sided affair, as Folsom defeated Vista del Lago, 62-11.

Folsom coach Mike Collier was shocked by the large margin of victory, but was equally excited that his team wrestled so well.

“I thought it would have been a lot closer because Vista’s got a good team this year,” Collier said. “Things went about as well as they possibly could have for us. Our only loss was one of our junior varsity wrestlers, but he fought to the end and saved us a team point by not getting pinned. It turned out it didn’t matter tonight, but that’s what we teach our guys; to fight to end of the match.”

The match of the night, for the Folsom side, came at 152 where Connor Watson upset two-time Sac-Joaquin Section qualifier Troy Grossi, 8-4. Watson wrestled a little bit when he was younger, but this is only his second year of wrestling in high school.

“Troy’s a tough kid, who’s ranked in the section and probably the state and for Connor to get the win was a big accomplishment,” Collier said. “He’s been working his way up through the ranks and it was a big win for him. He’s come a long way in a short amount of time.”

The Bulldogs had four pins from Curtis Booth at 113 against Trace Fredericks in 5:40, Jerry Garrido at 120 against Antonio Mulqueeny in 2:20, Lorenzo De La Riva at 145 against Evan Shelley in 5:34 and Nick Fiegener at 160 against Ben Johnson in 1:59.

Carlos Alvarez and Jordan Denny earned technical fall wins at 106 and 126, respectively. Alvarez defeated Dalton Boyer 17-1 in 5:08, while Denny beat Jesse Zhang 15-0.

Justin Badger earned a major decision win over Clayton Wagner at 220, 12-0, while Jason Bergquist (132), Devon Nooner (170) and Jake Bienvenue (182) won by decision; Bergquist over Ney Vencer, 7-0,  Nooner over Jacob Sahagun, 8-1 and Bienvenue over Ian Berklacich, 4-0.

“There were some surprises and close matches that went our way,” Collier said. “Jerry Garrido has wrestled JV for us all year and he gave up an early takedown, but came back and got the win. Jordan Denny stepped up and won big and our football players, Devon Nooner and Justin Badger, won their first matches of the season after only three days of practice.”

Vista’s lone win came at 138 pounds, where senior Michael Gary had his way with Connor Friery, winning by technical fall, 19-4. Both teams picked up six points with a double forfeit in the heavyweight division.