Four Mad Dawgs win state wrestling titles

By: Staff Report
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The Mad Dawg wrestling season started with a bang at Fresno's Selland Arena last weekend at the Cadet Folkstyle State Tournament as three Mad Dawgs came back as state champions, while another won a Freshman Folkstyle State Championship at the SCWAY Tournament in Lemoore. Carlos Alvarez (94 pounds), Mason Koshiyama (138) and Nick Fiegener (152) won folkstyle state titles, while Lorenzo De La Riva won the freshman state title in Lemoore at 132 pounds. Alvarez had a 3-0 record on Saturday to win the title. In the championship match, Alvarez was down 4-0 before storming back to win 7-5. “All year long, Carlos has been giving up size and strength, so it was nice for him to show what he could do against guys his own size,” Mad Dawg coach Mike Collier said. Koshiyama went 5-0 over two days to capture the state championship, including a 14-5 major decision in the finals over Foothill's Jesse Hernandez. This was Koshiyama's second belt in two years, as he won the middle school folkstyle state title last year as an eighth grader. Fiegener dominated the competition at 152, and also had a 5-0 record against the competition from the rest of the state. Fiegener had three pins and two wins by technical fall, including a tech in the finals against Albino Orozco from Turlock. Lorenzo De La Riva was competing at a different tournament, but had a similar result as he came away with the state title. His tourney was against other freshmen. De La Riva (132) came in seeded No. 5 but upset the fourth seed in the quarters and the top seed, Joseph Dominguez, in the semifinals. In the finals, De La Riva won by a 10-2 score to win the bracket. De La Riva, Koshiyama and Fiegener will join Folsom High's state placer Connor Pollock for the NHSCA Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va. later this month to try and place in the top-8 in the country and become an All-American. Fiegener finished seventh last year to become a freshman All-American at 135. Also competing at Cadet Folkstyle State for Mad Dawg were other Folsom High wrestlers including Tyler Hoffman (113), Connor Friery (120), Connor Watson (145), and Shauna Martinez (125). Watson made the quarterfinals before dropping his next two matches by decision to finish one match shy of the medal rounds. He had two close losses, and the wrestler he beat in the first round came back to take third, so he showed he was right in there with the top guys in his weight and did well in his first big tournament. Hoffman went 3-2 and was two matches away from getting a state medal. Friery picked up a win along the way, and Martinez was 0-2 in the girls’ division.