Cory Geyer could make a push for 4A state title

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Wrestling: LA will be represented well at 4A tourney

By Mike Cote

Nobody is going to concede anything to Cory Geyer at the Class 4A wrestling tournament.

That’s just the way Geyer wants it.

Geyer, the top wrestler for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers’ program for the past two seasons, will be one of the guys to beat in the 152-pound bracket at this weekend’s state championship. Geyer is projected to be a top-four seed heading in, but will be tested in what has been one of the toughest weight classes in the state in recent years.

This year appears to be no exception with 10 of the 24 wrestlers entered have lost 10 bouts or less.

Geyer, a junior, knows he has a chance to make a splash in the 4A tournament, but will have to fend off the likes of Anthony Burgueno of Belen and possible No. 1 seed Mike Loy of Bloomfield.

And that’s fine with him.

The 4A meet starts Friday and will continue through Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center.
Los Alamos will be heading into the tournament on a high note after grabbing the District 2-4A championship, a title that had eluded them since the mid-1990s.

At last week’s district tournament, Geyer was one of three Hilltoppers to earn individual 2-4A crowns, fending off tough charges from Jose Miramontes of Santa Fe and Keonny Gonzales of Bernalillo.

It was Geyer’s second district crown in a row — he won at 145 pounds in 2010-11 — but he said his work isn’t even close to complete.

“I’m going to go into the room and get back to work,” said Geyer immediately after his win over Gonzales in the 2-4A title bout. “That’s how you get ready for state. You have to keep your goals in mind. That’s how I work.”

But Geyer, a consummate team player, immediately handed his first-place medal after the competition to injured Hilltopper wrestler Alyc Montoya, a senior who missed out on his chance at a district crown.

During 2011-12, Geyer went 37-6 overall, the best win total among the 152-pound state meet entries. But Geyer fell to Burgueno 6-5 earlier this season and Burgueno fell to Loy, who lost just three bouts all season.

The state meet is by far and away the biggest, noisiest tournament of the season, an atmosphere that many wrestlers can get overwhelmed by, Geyer is a veteran at the state meet, finishing fourth last season, making up for a disappointing showing the previous year, where he went two-and-out.

“The energy at state is through the roof,” he said. “Everybody there comes firing out of the gate…nobody in the state doesn’t love that feeling.”

Los Alamos will take its biggest corps into the tournament — 12 wrestlers including district champs Arnoldo Ortiz and Cory’s younger brother Brian Geyer — and is hoping to have its best showing at state in several years.

In 2011, Piedra Vista won the Class 4A team championship, grabbing 224 points and easily outdistancing runner-up Aztec, which finished with 167 points.