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Pollock takes second at Doc Buchanan

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Another tournament, another first for the Bulldogs. Folsom High placed tenth at the Doc Buchanan Invitational held at Clovis High over the weekend, the first time the Bulldogs had a top-10 finish at what is considered the toughest regular-season tournament in the state. Ninety-three teams participated in the tournament from California, Oregon, Colorado and New Mexico, including 18 of the top-20 ranked teams in California. Connor Pollock provided the highlight, as he became Folsom’s highest placer by taking second at 126 pounds. Pollock picked up a pair of close decisions, 11-8 and 10-6 in the first two rounds, before a dominating 17-1 technical fall win over Lupe Flores of Selma. His biggest win came in the semifinals, where he pinned the defending state champion, Daniel Gaytan of Clovis, in the first period to reach the finals. That win brought the crowd to its feet. “Anytime you get the attention of the whole gym of hundreds of spectators, you know you have accomplished something big,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. In the finals against Anthony Valencia of St. John Bosco, Pollock held the lead before being caught and pinned early in the second period. Freshman Lorenzo De La Riva also had a strong tournament, placing seventh at 120 pounds. De La Riva lost his first match (after a first-round bye) against fifth-seeded Kasey Klaus of Vacaville. De La Riva then won three straight matches, the first two by 11-4 scores, and then a big 8-4 win over Corbin Lee of Mission San Jose. De La Riva then lost by pin to Jordan Hart of Palo Verde before earning a forfeit win in his final bout to place seventh. Alex Wood (195) was the third and final Folsom wrestler to reach the second day of the tournament, as he won three straight matches after losing his first match. Wood finished one win away from earning a medal. Tony Hernandez (132), Nick Fiegener (145), Ryan Jensen (152) and Jordan Alleva (Hwt.) all won matches but did not place. Carlos Alvarez (106) and Devon Nooner (160) also participated in the tournament. “Outside of the state tournament, this is probably the toughest wrestling tournament in California,” Collier said. “We had nine wrestlers compete and we finished in tenth place as a team against the top teams in California and a few out of state championship teams. This was our highest-ever finish and we still have not put our full team on the mat yet, which is very exciting for our program.” At the El Camino Invitational, eight of nine Folsom wrestlers placed in the top-five and came home with medals. Roger Berton (126) and Mason Koshiyama (138) won their weight classes, as Kyle Parrott (132), Kyle Prado (138) Lucas Novak (182) and John May (Hwt.) all placed third. Tyler Hoffman finished fourth at 113, while Jake Bienvenue placed fifth at 170. Trever Lewis also competed at 220 pounds, as the Bulldogs placed fourth in the tournament. At a junior varsity tournament at Vista del Lago, Folsom’s Theodore Moreno, Matt Mitchell, Keen Prado, Eric Helm, Connor Watson, Jerod Nooner, Sam Whitney, Justin Badger, Robbie Cunha and Josh Wormley won their weight classes, while Connor Friery, Kevin Borgh and Austin Badger placed second. Three female wrestlers also competed in a tournament in Pittsburg and Rachel Glover led the way with a fifth-place finish. Ashley Blake and Shauna Martinez also competed. The varsity Folsom team is now ranked 13th in the state.