Folsom places fourth at Sierra Nevada ClassicBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Mason Koshiyama (138) and Nick Fiegener (160) placed second at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno over the weekend, leading Folsom High to a fourth-place finish overall out of 81 teams.
The three teams finishing ahead of Folsom each had a full roster, while the Bulldogs didn’t have wrestlers entered in four weight classes. The finish tied Folsom’s best performance at the tournament, which featuring 81 teams from California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Washington.
“Mason and Nick fought through their 64-man brackets and gave themselves great chances to win,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “Mason came in seeded sixth and wrestled an outstanding tournament. A couple calls didn’t go his way in the finals, otherwise we may have had our first sophomore champion at this event.
“Nick also fought through a tough field to reach the finals, but lost to two-time state champion Drew Smith of Damonte Ranch, Nev. by a score of 4-3.”
Lorenzo De La Riva placed third at 145 pounds, winning six of his seven matches. Carlos Alvarez, wrestling at 106 pounds, placed fifth.
“Lorenzo wrestled great with his only loss coming to another two-time state champion from Reno, Joey Lavalee,” Collier said. “Lorenzo gave him his toughest test of the tournament as he lost 5-1 in the semifinals (Lavalee pinned his other five opponents). I think Lorenzo, who came in seeded number 12, would have made the finals if he had been on the other side of the bracket. He showed he clearly was in the top-three, as he beat the fourth place finisher twice by technical fall.
“Carlos came in as the seventh seed and went 5-2 over the two days. He lost 5-3 to the eventual champion and lost another close match to the third-place finisher. Carlos showed he was right in the mix with the top guys in his weight class.”
Connor Watson dropped his first bout, but won four matches in a row to earn a top-12 finish. Devon Nooner (170) and Jake Bienvenue (182) also reached the second day of the competition, but did not medal. Bienvenue picked up wins over the No. 8 and 12 seeds in the tournament.
Jordan Denny (126), Jason Bergquist (132) and Jerod Nooner (195) also went 2-2 in the tournament.
“Overall, it was great experience and we got to get some of our younger guys some big tournament matches,” Collier said. “With Devon as our only senior on this trip, we are hoping for even better results next year, as we have everyone else coming back.”
Folsom also sent a contingent of wrestlers to a tournament in Natomas. Jerry Garrido led the way there, placing second at 120 pounds with a 4-1 record. Jon Yslas also won four of five matches and placed third at 195 pounds.
Folsom opens its Delta River League schedule Wednesday at Pleasant Grove. Six wrestlers will be attending the Doc Buchanan Invitational over the weekend, while the rest of the team will be at another tournament.