First of all, I want to congratulate our State Qualifiers on the finish to their seasons. For those who have not yet heard, we had quite a performance in Bakersfield this past weekend. For the first time ever, we came back with two state medals, and nearly had a third! Nicholas Fiegener became Folsom’s first Boys State Finalist since Mauricio Wright did it 1999. Lorenzo De La Riva also made history as he became FHS’s first ever Sophomore State Placer, finishing 6th in CA. Devon Nooner continued his incredible post season run and was one match shy of the medal round ending up in the top 12 in the state for 170. Curtis Booth did not make it to day 2, but is the first bulldog to ever make it to state in his Freshman year. Last year, we set a school record by finishing 19th in the state with 6 qualifiers. This year, we broke our own record with a 14th place finish despite the fact that we only had three point scorers!! The bar keeps getting raised which is amazing, and the wrestlers and coaches are already excited about the prospects for next year as we return almost our entire team and have a great incoming freshman class!
Speaking of next year, our off season program begins now (no rest for the weary). I firmly believe one of the big reasons we had as much success as we did was due to the amount of time and effort everyone put in to the months between March and November. All of the top programs in the state (which we can now say Folsom is a part of) have strong off season programs which makes a big difference. Attached is the Mad Dawg flyer just in case you lost it. The first practice is tomorrow and the older kids will go from 6-7:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also attached is our off season strength and conditioning program with Mr. Mica. We had a good group get involved last year and they all saw big strength gains. I highly recommend both programs if wrestlers want to improve for next year. You will hear me talk a lot about both at our Banquet on March 15th.
We have several wrestlers who are planning on competing this week at grade level state in Lemoore. I have already sent out the details about this tournament, but let me know if you have any questions. Because of this event and our younger kids getting ready for the Junior High TOC, we will be adding in a couple of extra workouts besides the normal Mad Dawg practices. We will have a practice today from 6-7:30 and another one on Wednesday from 4-5:30 in addition to our T/TH practices this week only. For those going to Grade level State, their Thursday practice will be at Del Oro from 6-8 pm. They are hosting satellite weigh ins for this weekend’s SCWAY tournament. That’s right, kids can weigh in Thursday for this weekend’s event!! They must have be preregistered and paid in system to use satellite weigh in sites, and must have scway cards. Pre registration deadline Thursday at noon.
One last note, we had some state shirts made for the wrestlers competing in Bakersfield and their families. If you are interested, we can reorder some more, but I need to know what size you would like and how many. Shirts will be $12 or 2 for $20. They have a state emblem mixed with our Folsom F on the back with the State Qualifiers names, and I will add in their accomplishments. If we don’t have very many requests, I probably won’t order, but if we get enough that wants them I will put in for at least 20 more shirts.
Thanks, and see you at the church!