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Folsom wins Tim Brown, place host to Ponderosa Wednesday for league title

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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With a strong senior class and several talented underclassmen, this is proving to be a banner year for Folsom High’s wrestling team with several strong finishes at top tournaments. Folsom won the Tim Brown Memorial in Sacramento over the weekend, a tournament featuring 90 teams and many of the top contenders in the area. Folsom had a tournament-high eight wrestlers earn medals, including Connor Pollock, who placed first in the 126-pound weight class. The Bulldogs, however, need a big performance tonight at home in a Delta River League showdown with Ponderosa in order to achieve an even bigger goal, winning the league championship and avenging last year’s loss to the Bruins, which ended Folsom’s 23-match league winning streak and four straight league titles. Wrestlers from both teams met twice at the Tim Brown tournament with Folsom’s Alex Wood defeating Jorden Marinelli, 5-2 at 192, while Ponderosa’s Jeff Camilli beat Jordan Alleva 4-3 in triple overtime at 285 pounds. “Last year Ponderosa had a senior laden team and it was in their gym,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “This year we have a similar situation so our guys are really looking forward to it. It will also be our senior night. We will be looking to avenge last year’s loss.” If the Bulldogs wrestle like they did over the weekend, the match will be theirs to lose. After receiving a bye in the first round, Pollock dominated his next four opponents with two pins, a 19-6 major decision and a 7-1 decision. In the finals, Pollock defeated Tyler Lawrence of Escalon, 4-3. Nick Fiegener placed second at 145 pounds, winning all the way to the finals before losing to Adam Hendrickson of Healdsburg, 4-1. On the way to the final, Fiegener picked up impressive wins over state-ranked wrestlers Christian Wathan, 5-2, and Justin Brown, 6-2. Alleva finished third in the tournament at heavyweight. After the triple-OT loss to Camilli, Alleva rebounded to pin his next two opponents. Devon Nooner also placed third at 160 pounds, losing his only match to Oakmont’s Peter Santos, who ended up placing second. Nooner, who had already wrestled five matches on Saturday, was unable to compete in the match for third place. Mason Koshiyama (138) and Isaias Diaz (152) placed fourth. Koshiyama became Folsom’s first freshman to place at this tournament, while Diaz turned in an impressive performance despite not wrestling in a month. His only loss came to defending state champion, Jake Elliott from Oakmont, 8-7. Tony Hernandez (132) and Alex Wood (195) also placed, Hernandez placing fifth and Wood finishing seventh. Folsom vs. Ponderosa What: Delta River League wrestling title on the line When: Tonight, JV 6 p.m., Varsity, 7 p.m. Where: Folsom High Last year: Ponderosa wins and ends Folsom’s 23-league dual win streak and four-year run as league champs