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Four Folsom wrestlers earn medals at tournament

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High sophomore Connor Pollock continued his strong season by placing second at the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament. Pollock, competing at 103 pounds, proved he can compete with the top wrestlers in the state, as he made it to the finals of the tournament before losing to Nashon Garrett of Chico, who is the top-ranked wrestler in the weight class. Pollock is the first sophomore from Folsom High to reach the finals in this tournament. “Connor showed that he can go with the top guys in California for his weight class, and he may get a rematch in Bakersfield at the state tournament,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. Seniors Eric Dowd and Dillon Fader, just days after being honored on Senior Night during a dual meet against Monterey Trail, both finished fifth at 119 and 171, respectively. “Eric had one of the toughest weight classes in the tournament and Fader was an eyelash away from getting into the top-4, as he lost an overtime match in the consolation semi-finals,” Collier said. “It was great to see these two place high at their last individual tournament before the postseason.” Isaias Diaz also earned a medal as he placed seventh at 145 pounds. After just missing medals at the Doc Buchanan and Sierra Nevada tournaments, Diaz finally reached the medal stand. “It was nice to see him break through,” Collier said. Tyler Rios (112), Matt Parker (130) and Alex Hurlimann (160) made it to the second day of competition but fell short of the medal round, while Ryan Jensen (135), Brett Adcock (145), Alex Wood (189), Jordan Alleva (215) and Petyo Rashev also competed in the tournament. “Even though they did not place, they got good experience to prepare them for the postseason,” Collier said. “Tim Brown is a good preview of our masters tournament, so we got to see a lot of great competition and it showed us what we need to work on.” In the 62-9 win over Monterey Trail on Senior Night last Wednesday, seniors Dowd, (119) and Adcock (152) won by pins, while Hall (160) won by technical fall and Fader (189) won by forfeit. Tyler Rios, Tony Hernandez (125) and Matt Parker (135) also won by pin, while Diaz (145) picked up a win by technical fall. Tevenn Lewis, Tianna Camous and Ryan Jensen also picked up six points for the Bulldogs with forfeits. “I was pleased that all of our seniors got a match and they all got to win in front of the home crowd one last time,” Collier said. Folsom’s last league match is tonight at Florin against the Panthers and Sheldon before the section team dual tournament on Feb. 6. With two wins the Bulldogs will claim their fourth straight Delta River League title.