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Folsom High has three All-American wrestlers

By: Staff Report
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Nick Fiegener, Mason Koshiyama and Lorenzo De La Riva are All-Americans for the second straight year.

The three Folsom High wrestlers placed in the top-eight at the National High School Coaches Association’s Wrestling Championships in Virginia. Fiegener placed third in the junior division, while Koshiyama and De La Riva each placed fifth in the sophomore division. Fiegener is now a four-time All-American, while Koshiyama and De La Riva are two-time All-Americans.

Folsom High’s Jason Bergquist and Carlos Alvarez also attended the competition with Bergquist finishing one match away from earning All-American status, while Alvarez won three matches and lost two, gaining valuable experience along the way.

Fiegener improved on his two seventh-place finishes at nationals in his freshman and sophomore years by finishing third at 160 pounds. He went 7-1 over the three days to earn the third-place medal in his 64-man bracket with wrestlers representing states all around the country.

Fiegener started the tournament with a dominant 16-1 technical fall over his opponent from Tennessee. Fiegener then beat opponents from Ohio and Pennsylvania to put himself in the quarterfinals. In that match, he lost to Ohio state placer, Tony Daily, to send him in the consolation. Daily ended up winning the tournament, and remarkably, this was the first time Fiegener had wrestled in the consolation bracket all year.

In the match to place, he pinned Florida state champion Colton Jackson and then beat another Ohio state placer in his next match with another quick pin.

Fiegener then controlled Alabama's Nick Weldon who was another state champion and three-time state placer by a score of 7-0.

In his third-place match, Fiegener rolled once again against Oklahoma's Levi Berry, 10-3. Berry was a two-time state champion and three-time finalist from Oklahoma. By placing for the third year in a row, Fiegener can make history if he places at this event next year to become just the second wrestler ever from California to place four times.

Fiegener finished his season with an outstanding 64-4 record.

Koshiyama (138) and De La Riva (145) both had similar paths to finish fifth by winning five of seven matches. Each wrestler reached the semifinals before losing the next two matches in a row to get into the fifth-place match, which they both won.

Koshiyama began his 64-man bracket with a pin over a wrestler from North Carolina. He beat his next two opponents from Pennsylvania and New York to put him in the quarterfinals. In this match, he won a close 3-2 match over Washington state champion Christian Villani.

Koshiyama dropped his semifinal match to eventual champion, Neal Richards from Virginia, and lost a 3-2 match to the eventual third-place finisher from New Jersey. Koshiyama won his fifth-place match by injury default.
De La Riva started his 64-man bracket with a narrow win over an opponent from Pennsylvania. He followed that up with a first-round pin over a Virginia wrestler and then technical fall over a Maryland state placer.

In the quarterfinals, De La Riva continued to roll, as he beat Arizona state placer Blake Monty, 14-5. He dropped a close 2-0 decision in the semifinals to the eventual second-place finisher from Pennsylvania. After that loss, De La Riva dropped another close 3-2 match to the third-place finisher from Maryland.

De La Riva bounced back in his final performance with a 9-3 win over his opponent from New York.
Also competing in the sophomore division was Alvarez at 106. Alvarez started with a big win, pinning the South Carolina state champion. He then had a loss to a West Virginia state champ to send him into consolation. Alvarez won two more matches over wrestlers from North Carolina and Ohio before suffering a close loss in his last match to a state placer from Georgia. Alvarez went 3-2 overall to finish in the top-24 in the country for 106-pound sophomores.
Bergquist, a freshman, competed at 126 pounds. Bergquist won his first two matches in very close fashion, as he beat a wrestler from New York, 5-4, and then another from New Mexico, 1-0, in triple overtime. Bergquist then pinned a West Virginia state placer to get into the quarterfinals.

Bergquist almost reached the semis and All-American status, but lost 11-9 in overtime to a state placer from Kentucky. After dropping down to consolation, Bergquist lost again to the eventual fourth-place finisher and state champion from Massachusetts. Bergquist finished top-12 in the nation and one match shy of All-American status.

“It was a great trip for the kids and any time you come back with three All-Americans, it was more than worthwhile,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “Most high school wrestlers may think it’s a big deal if they get to wrestle out of their area, county, or section. These five got to go across the country to take on some of the best wrestlers in the U.S. for their age group, and can all draw on that experience in the future. It wouldn't have been possible without our sponsors and donations, so we want to thank everyone who contributed to adding more wrestlers to Folsom High's All-American list. We now have had 13 All-Americans since 2009.”