Folsom handles Trojans on the mat, 43-19

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Carlos Alvarez is the smallest wrestler on Folsom High’s wrestling team and at 99 pounds is seven pounds lighter than most of his opponents in the 106-pound weight class, but he’s got a way of getting his teammates fired up. Alvarez and his teammates squared off against Oak Ridge on Wednesday night in a big Delta River League dual meet at Folsom High and Alvarez and the Bulldogs came out on top with a convincing 43-19 victory. The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in league duals, while the Trojans fell to 1-1. While no one bout decided the outcome of the match, Alvarez and fellow freshman Josh Ploke hooked up in the most entertaining match-up, one which Alvarez won in double overtime, 9-8. “Carlos is a lightning rod, especially in these dual meets,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “He gets the crowd and his teammates fired up.” Alvarez and Ploke had the fans on the edge of their seats, as the double overtime match featured three ties and four lead changes. Ploke faired quite well on his feet, taking Alvarez down three times, which accounted for six of his eight points in the bout. Alvarez was good on the bottom, earning two reversals. In a bout featuring 17 points, not a single back point was earned. Alvarez led 8-7 with a reversal with 43 seconds remaining, but Ploke escaped in the finals seconds and nearly took down Alvarez a fourth time for the win, but the referee said no. “At that point I was beat, but I was confident that I was going to win,” Alvarez said. “It felt amazing to actually ride him out and win it.” In the first overtime, Alvarez escaped and then held Ploke on the mat in the second overtime to win the bout. “Carlos is undersized and fun to watch,” Collier said. “He’s got great technique and he never stops moving, keeps his head in the match and believes he can win. He’s not going to lose because he gets out-hustled and he showed that tonight.” For his part, Ploke also wrestled well and could have easily won the match. “Josh is a tough kid, a scrapper and he wrestled hard,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “He’s a freshman and is still developing. We’ve got to work on his wrestling from the top.” The bout at 106 was one of three close matches that all went Folsom’s way that kept Oak Ridge from keeping the score closer. In the opening bout of the match at 145, Folsom’s Mason Koshiyama earned a hard-fought decision over Taylor Ellerman. Koshiyama held a 2-0 lead after two periods before pulling away in the third for a 9-5 victory. The other close match came at 182 where Alex Hurlimann earned a 9-6 win over Eric Rohrer. Hurlimann trailed 4-3 after two periods, but scored two reversals in the third, the second one coming with 25 seconds remaining to secure the match. “We gave them a run and losing those three close matches hurt us,” Rhyan said. “It kind of got away from us at the end, but I felt we wrestled well and I’m proud of my guys. Folsom is a good team.” Nick Fiegener (152), Jordan Alleva (285) and Connor Pollock (132) earned pins for the Bulldogs, while Roger Berton (120) and Lorenzo De La Riva (126) picked up technical fall victories. Tyler Hoffman beat Ryan Wilson 10-3 at 113, while Alex Wood was solid in a 7-0 win over Preston Dean at 195. Keaton Subjeck (160) and Xavier Lopez (220) picked up pins for the Trojans, while Hugh Ellerman (170) earned a 9-1 major decision over Devon Nooner. Cameron Miller finished the match with a 5-3 win over Tony Hernandez. “The score doesn’t reflect how competitive the match was,” Collier said. “The double overtime match was obviously close and Hurlimann won a close match and that could have been a six-point swing the other way. Against good teams we need to find a way to win those matches and tonight we did. I thought Alex had his best match of the season. He’s had some tough draws in tournaments but has shown great resilience. He looked really strong out there tonight against a tough opponent.”