Pollock, Diaz win titles; nine qualify for Masters

By: Matt Long
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Nine Folsom High wrestlers will compete for a spot in the state tournament at this weekend’s Masters Championships in Stockton. Two of the wrestlers, sophomores Connor Pollock and Isaias Diaz, enter the tournament coming off Division I North Section titles, which they won on Saturday. Other qualifiers including Matt Parker, Brett Adcock, Alex Wood, Ryan Jensen, Alex Hurlimann, Dillon Fader and Jordan Alleva. To advance to the state tournament, wrestlers have to place in the top-seven in their weight classes. “Every week in the postseason gets more challenging, so this is now the most important week,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “Every wrestler in high school dreams of reaching the state tournament and now all nine of them has that opportunity in Stockton.” At the section championships at Vintage High School in Napa, nine of Folsom’s 10 wrestlers qualified for the Masters Tournament. As a team, the Bulldogs finished fourth behind Vacaville, Elk Grove and Sheldon, despite only having 10 wrestlers competing. Eric Dowd and Sam Morgan were also to compete, but both were sick and missed the tournament. Pollock won all three of his matches at 103 pounds in dominating fashion, pinning all three of his opponents in the first period, including Vacaville’s Kasey Klaus in the semi-finals, who’s ranked fourth in the section, two spots behind Pollock. In the finals, Pollock built another big lead, 7-1, and pinned his opponent from Jesuit. Diaz, wrestling at 140 pounds, continued his fine season, as his hard work contributed to an outstanding performance at sections. Diaz pinned his first opponent and then earned a 10-4 decision in the semis, before breaking open a close 4-3 match in the finals against Elk Grove’s Shaun Porter before winning handily, 9-3. “Isaias is one of our hardest workers in the room, and it’s always nice to see that pay off,” Collier said. “His superior conditioning took over at the end of the match, and that is a credit to his time spent in our morning workout program, which he has attended more than anyone on the team.” Parker (130) and Adcock (145) both advanced to the finals before losing by decision. Parker won his first two matches by fall before reaching the semi-finals against a Vacaville wrestler. Parker lost to the same wrestler at the section duals, but this time won 8-5 to reach the finals. In the finals he lost to Folsom resident and Jesuit senior Chris Winn by decision. Adcock won his first two matches by decision before facing Vacaville’s Tyler Johnson in the finals. Adcock wrestled well, but in the end, Johnson, a three-time state qualifier, won the match by decision. Wood, a sophomore competing at 189 pounds, finished third. He won his first match by pin before losing in the semis to Elk Grove’s Matt Dakin, who‘s ranked fourth in the section. Wood came back to win twice more to place third. Jensen (135), Hurlimann (160) and Fader (171) all finished fifth in their respective weight classes. Jensen won two of his first three matches before facing an opponent from Pleasant Grove that he lost to in overtime last week at the league tournament. Jensen needed this match to advance and came away with a dominating 13-2 victory. He then rebounded from a loss in the consolation semis to win an overtime match to take fifth. Hurlimann lost his first match of the tournament, but won two straight to get into medal contention. In the consolation semis, Hurlimann lost to Sheldon’s Shawn Bry 3-0, a huge improvement after nearly losing to Bry by technical fall last week. Hurlimann went on to win his last match. Fader, who’s been battling illness for a few weeks now, lost his first match but rebounded with a pin and then a triple overtime victory to qualify. After losing in the consolation semis, he won his final bout with a pin to take fifth. “Dillon’s been sick lately, so he was not able to get in a good week of practice so that may have been a factor,” Collier said. “He’s still one of our hopefuls for the state tournament, but his path will definitely be more difficult now, and he will have to pick it up this week in practice to get to where he wants to be. The good news is he has that chance to make up for what happened this last week.” Folsom’s final qualifier, sophomore Jordan Alleva, placed sixth at 215. Alleva split his first two matches before cruising to the fifth-place match with a pair of major decisions victories. Tyler Rios, competing at 112, was one win shy of advancing. “Many of our guys are showing improvement every week, so that’s what we want to see in the postseason,” Collier said. “It was a pretty solid performance. Considering that six of our nine qualifiers are sophomores, I think things will be looking pretty good for the next couple of years.” Winn places first Folsom resident and Jesuit senior Chris Winn won the 130-pound weight class at the Division I North Section Tournament. Winn defeated Folsom’s Matt Parker in the finals and for the second week in a row to win a tournament. “Chris is a good wrestler who’s currently ranked seventh in the section,” Collier said. “He was in our room quite a bit in the spring and summer as part of our Mad Dawg offseason program.”