Folsom Athlete of the Week: Desinee LopezBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Desinee Lopez is the third female wrestler and ninth wrestler overall to become an All-American while representing either Folsom High or the Mad Dawg Wrestling Club in the last 10 years.
Just last week in Fargo, North Dakota, Lopez placed seventh in the 117-pound weight class at Freestyle Nationals, winning three of her five matches, to earn All-American status.
Lopez, who will be a junior at Folsom High this upcoming school year, dropped her opening match to the eventual runner-up before winning her next two matches convincingly, 10-0 and 6-0, to reach the medal rounds. After a second loss, Lopez found herself in the match for seventh place, which she again won easily, 10-0, to earn a seventh-place finish.
She is Folsom’s third female All-American wrestler, following in the footsteps of Tianna Camous and Nonie Reyes-Small.
“Desinee is one of the hardest workers in our wrestling room,” Folsom High wrestling coach Mike Collier said. “She has put in a lot of time and effort so it is always great to see that hard work get rewarded. She won Cadet and Junior Freestyle California state championships, and now proved she is one of the best in the United States for her cadet age group. She is now a California state placer and national All-American. She still has two years left in high school to add to her already impressive wrestling career.”
Folsom Telegraph: What have you been doing this summer?
Desinee Lopez: If I’m not at practice, normally I’m at home with my face in a book or at a friend’s house.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
DL: My parents didn’t do any sports growing up, but all of my siblings, brothers and sisters, wrestle as well, aside from my baby brother.
FT: How long have you been wrestling and how did you get your start in it?
DL: I started wrestling my seventh grade year mostly because I grew up watching my brothers, David and Daniel, wrestle and I wanted to be like David.
FT: What do you like about wrestling?
DL: I like the feeling of getting my hand raised.
FT: How did your sophomore high school wrestling season go?
DL: I had my ups and downs throughout the season, but ended up placing sixth at the state tournament so I was more than happy.
FT: What was the most memorable moment of the season and why?
DL: It was probably when I got third at the Girls TOC. It was a really close match that I ended up winning in the last five seconds of the third round.
FT: You recently placed seventh in freestyle nationals, which makes you an All-American. What are you thoughts on that accomplishment?
DL: Obviously I’m happy and excited, but I really want to climb up the podium in the next years. I want to work even harder.
FT: Who has been the biggest influence on your wrestling career and how?
DL: My dad always pushes me to be the best that I can be. Win or lose, as long as I left it all out in the mat, I know he will be always have my back.
FT: Have you ever been involved in any other sports?
DL: When I really young I did T-ball, then I switched to cheerleading, then soccer and now it’s all about wrestling.
FT: What is your favorite subject in school and why?
DL: It would have it be English, because I enjoy reading and I like writing as well.
FT: Favorite Food?
DL: Extra Flaming Hot Cheetos will always be number one.
FT: Favorite music?
DL: I love listening to Post Malone and others like him.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
DL: I have a dog named Chase. He is a Min Pin and Poodle mix, who is constantly running and jumping on everyone.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
DL: I love reading so I constantly have my face in a book, and if not I’m just hanging out with a friend, stuffing my face with junk food.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
DL: I want to do my best so that I can get a scholarship to a good college in the future.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/career are you interested in?
DL: I’m interested in Psychology. Maybe I could be a therapist or something like that when I get older.