Wrestlers aim for All-American status

By: Matt Long
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Tianna Camous, Connor Pollock and Isaias Diaz enter the Junior National Wrestling Championships this week in Fargo, ND, with one goal in mind: becoming an All-American. The three Folsom High wrestlers have trained all summer for this tournament and a top-eight finish would make them All-Americans. For Camous, she’s looking for her third All-American honor, as last year she placed eighth in the 124-pound weight division, and also placed at folkstyle nationals last year. Camous, a 17-year-old senior at Folsom High, is back again at 124 pounds competing in the freestyle tournament. Camous qualified for the Junior Nationals with a second-place finish at the freestyle state tournament in the spring. “I’m looking to place again and be an All-American,” Camous said. “I’ve worked this summer to improve my wrestling. Each year I have gotten better at something different and this year I just want to put it all together.” Camous won the Sac-Joaquin Section girls’ championship at 132 pounds last winter and was a round from placing at the state meet. Earlier this summer, Camous was ranked as one of the top-32 top female wrestling recruits in the country. At this point, only Lindenwood University in Missouri has offered her a scholarship, but she’s keeping her options open. “Tianna was Folsom High’s first freestyle All-American last year,” Folsom High wrestling coach Mike Collier said. “She also placed at folkstyle nationals at a later tournament so she’s already a two-time All-American. I anticipate more scholarship offers to come if she places at Fargo.” Pollock and Diaz, 16-year-olds entering their junior years at Folsom High, are competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines at Junior Nationals for the first time, Pollock at 112 pounds and Diaz at 152. Pollock and Diaz are coming off outstanding sophomore high school wrestling seasons and are looking to add to their resumes. Pollock placed second in the section and went 1-2 at the state tournament, while Diaz placed eighth at sections, missing the state tournament by one place, after winning both league and sub-section titles. Pollock finished third at Greco-Roman state, while Diaz won the state Greco tournament. Both petitioned to compete in the freestyle Junior National tournament and were accepted. “Both Connor and Isaias have national-level experience,” Collier said. “They wrestled at folkstyle nationals in Virginia in March and were very competitive, as Connor finished in the top-12, one match from being an All-American, and Isaias ended up in the top-16. That trip should help them, as they’ve already seen some of the best in the country.” Pollock said he’s worked to improve wrestling from the bottom position this summer, while Diaz said he’s focused on improving his shot set-ups and mental toughness.