Folsom needs win over Sheldon Wednesday to secure league titleBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
A win Wednesday against Sheldon will give Folsom High’s wrestling team its sixth Delta River League title in the last seven years.
The Bulldogs host the Huskies on senior night, where the team’s four seniors, Devon Nooner, Jerry Garrido, Jon Yslas and Jason Mica, will be recognized between the junior varsity and varsity matches. A win would also qualify the Bulldogs for Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Dual Tournament at Lincoln High of Stockton. Last year the Bulldogs reached the championship match for the first time and will be looking for at least the same success this year.
Over the weekend, the Bulldogs had seven wrestlers compete in the Lou Encalada Invitational at Rodriguez High in Fairfield. Two wrestlers won individual titles (Nick Fiegener at 160 and Carlos Alvarez at 113) and five came home with medals. Curtis Booth placed second at 106; while Andrew Coyne and Jerod Nooner placed third at 120 and 182 pounds, respectively.
Fiegener won four of his five matches by pin or technical fall and earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler award. Alvarez won the 113-pound weight class despite being undersized, as he normally wrestles in the 106-pound division.
Jordan Denny (126) and Jason Bergquist (132) also competed in the tournament but fell one match shy of the medal round.
Folsom High’s four female wrestlers competed in a tournament at Chavez High School and had good success. Nonie Small placed second in the 120-pound round-robin bracket. After losing her first match, Small came back strong to place second, winning her last match, 10-7.
McKena Rios placed third at 110 pounds. Rios dropped her first match, 9-7, but came back to pin her next two opponents.
MacKenzie Firestone took fifth at 128 pounds, while Shauna Martinez had to default out of the tournament after suffering an injury.
At the junior varsity level, Folsom sent 10 wrestlers to the Del Oro Invitational and nine came home with medals, seven reached the finals and six won.
Teammates James Angello and Alder Moreno met in the championship bout at 115 pounds with Angello earning the gold medal.
Folsom also had teammates wrestling at 132 pounds, as Kevin Borgh won the “A” bracket and Braedon Kavon placed first in the “B” bracket.
Eli Wood dominated the 145-pound weight class in the “B” bracket, as he won all four of his matches by pin to claim the title. Eric Helm, also wrestling at 145 pounds, fought his way through the consolation bracket to earn the bronze medal.
Wrestling up a weight class at 152 pounds, Eli Diaz won four straight matches to claim the division, while Robbie Cuhna went undefeated to win the heavyweight class.
At 126 pounds, Tito Moreno lost his first match but won three straight in the consolation bracket to win the Hard Luck Championship medal.