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Folsom wrestling team places second at classic

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High wrestlers continue to impress at early season tournaments. At the Sierra Nevada Classic, the Bulldogs achieved team best by placing second, having four wrestlers place and having one wrestler, Connor Pollock, come home as a champion. Pollock won the 126-pound weight class, beating out 80 other competitors for the title. He entered the tournament seeded fourth and beat the No. 1 seed from Montana, who was a returning state finalist, and the No. 2 seed from Oregon, Tony Hernandez (132) and Nick Fiegener (145) both placed fifth in their weight classes despite not being seeded in the tournament. Jordan Alleva reached the semifinals in the heavyweight division before bowing out of the tournament after getting sick. He ended up placing sixth. Alex Wood dropped a controversial first-round match to the eventual second-place finisher at 195 before winning five straight matches by pin before losing one bout before placing. Carlos Alvarez (106), Roger Berton (120) and Ryan Jensen (160) each won three matches, while Isaias ?Diaz (152) and Alex Hurlimann (182) picked up two wins. Devon Nooner also picked up a win at 170 pounds. Tyler Hoffman and (113) and Kyle Parrott (138) also competed in the tournament for the Bulldogs. Folsom wrestlers not attending the Sierra Nevada Classic competed in a tournament held at Natomas High School. Lucas Novak (170)and Jarod Nooner (182), both sophomores, started out by pinning their first opponents. They both lost their next two matches by close decisions and were eliminated. Freshman Eli Diaz (138) had one of the most difficult weight classes with 18 wrestlers. Diaz won his first three matches then lost his next two, one in overtime, to take him out of the medal round. Jake Bienvenue, who is also a freshman and wrestled 10 pounds under weight at 182, had four wins and one loss to take home a fifth-place medal. Bienvenue had a major decision and a pin en route to the medal round. Lorenzo De La Riva, another freshman at 126, had the largest weight bracket with more than 20 wrestlers. De La Riva had two technical decisions, a pin and a decision on his way to winning his weight class. Two female wrestlers from Folsom High placed in a tournament in Vallejo last week. Rachel Glover placed second and Shauna Martinez finished third in their respective weight classes.