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Assets in Action: Tourney pays homage to Sanchez

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Let’s get ready to GRAPPLLLLLEE!
You really didn’t think I would make it through a wrestling season without a column about it, did you?
This weekend, the Hilltopper Wrestling team will host the Fourth Annual Bryan Sanchez Tournament.
Sanchez, a former ’Topper, was a Hispanic Merit award scholar, a crimson scholar, and went on to attend New Mexico State University. The only sport he participated in was wrestling.
Sanchez was considered wise beyond his years and he took incredibly good care of his mom Rita, a Los Alamos Middle School teacher, and sister Elena, former ’Topper wrestling manager.
Rita is without a doubt, team mom and the only parent that can get away with yelling, “Come on honey,” to her boys, as she watches them with pride.
“I was floored and so proud and so excited when they changed the name of the tournament. I knew that it came from the heart. The tournament brings him back to me every year and brings me closer to those boys,” Rita said.
Her philosophy is simple; the kids give back to you what you give to them. If you give them love and respect, they will return it. It also helps that she is a kid at heart, which builds her relationship with the team.


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