Folsom Mad Dawg wrestlers compete at grade level state championships; Bergquist wins title

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Folsom’s Mad Dawg Wrestling Club had five boys compete at the grade level state wrestling championships in Lemoore and three came home with medals.

Jason Bergquist won all five of his matches and won the 126-pound freshman state championship, while Jerod Nooner placed second in the sophomore 182-pound division. Folsom’s Nonie Reyes-Small also competed on the girls’ side of the tournament in Fresno and placed third, while wrestling up a weight class.

“This tournament wasn’t separated by grade on the girls’ side, so Nonie did a great job in this state-level competition,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said.

Bergquist dominated the opponents he wrestling, working up four pins on his way to the finals, including a win over the second and third seeds. In the finals against top-seeded Haskell Brand of Clovis, Bergquist earned a 15-0 technical fall win to claim the title.

“Jason had one of his best performances and the fact that his last two wins came against wrestlers from the top-two teams in the state made it even more special,” Collier said. “Jason becomes our second straight freshman state champ at this event, as Lorenzo De La Riva won it last year.”

Nooner came close to winning the sophomore title at 182 pounds, reaching the finals before suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss to take second to Dos Palos’ Juan Jimenez, a state qualifier at the high school tournament.

Nooner had some quality wins in the tournament, including a decision from an opponent from Escalon, who won three matches at the Masters Tournament.

Andrew Coyne, wrestling at 120 pounds, just missed out on a medal, finishing in the top-12 of his weight class. Also competing for the Mad Dawgs were Jordan Denny and Connor Friery, who wrestling in the sophomore 132-pound division.

All these wrestlers compete in the Mad Dawg Wrestling Club, which practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Folsom High wrestling room.