Tuesday Apr 17 2012
Three Folsom wrestlers are All-Americans
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
Coming off arguably the best wrestling season in school history, the good news keeps coming for the Folsom High’s wresting program. Folsom sent four wrestlers to the National High School Coaches Association National Championships at Virginia Beach, Va. and three came home as All-Americans by placing in the top-eight in their weight class. Mason Koshiyama led the way with a second-place finish at 132 pounds at freshman nationals. His classmate, Lorenzo De La Riva, placed fourth at 126 pounds. Koshiyama won his first four matches, including a pin over a state finalist from North Dakota to reach the finals, where he lost 8-6. “There were a couple of calls that didn’t go our way, otherwise Mason may have won his bracket,” Folsom High wrestling coach Mike Collier said. De La Riva won five of his seven matches to place fourth, earning wins over a state champion from Maryland and a runner-up from New Mexico. Nick Fiegener, wrestling at 145 pounds, placed seventh out of 52 wrestlers in the sophomore nationals. Fiegener won six of his eight matches, defeating a two-time state champion from North Dakota, a fourth-place finisher from Georgia and a two-time state placer from West Virginia. Fiegener was Folsom’s first freshman All-American a year ago and is now the school’s first sophomore All-American. Connor Pollock competed at senior nationals in the 126-pound weight class and won only one of three matches in a bracket featuring 62 wrestlers. Pollock won his first match against a two-time state champion and four-time finalist from South Dakota, before losing two close matches to a two-time state champ from Montana and a two-time state placer from West Virginia.