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The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team is getting geared up for what it’s hoping will be a big showing Saturday.
Los Alamos feels good about its chances to vie for a District 2-4A team title, but knows it will have to knock off defending 2-4A champ and host school for this year’s tournament, Santa Fe.
The Hilltoppers are going into the tournament with some confidence following one of their better regular season showings in recent memory, that culminated with a win at the Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational last week.
At last week’s tournament, the Hilltoppers’ showcase home event, Los Alamos finished with 163 team points to take top honors among the nine competing teams.
But Santa Fe’s Demons, who won the 2-4A title last year in its first year competing in this district, will be at close to full strength after taking a week off from competition.
Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said it will be a challenge for his team to knock Santa Fe off its perch, but thinks it will have a chance if it can avoid some goofs that hurt the team last week.
“Now they’ve got to do what they know how to do,” Geyer said. “They need to wrestle as hard as they can. It should be a good, exciting tournament.”
Los Alamos has had a few cases of the sniffles this week but should be close to full strength Saturday.
Geyer said he thinks many of his wrestlers will get a No. 1 or No. 2 seed at the pre-tournament seeding meeting.
Among Los Alamos’ favorites to push for individual district titles are Cory Geyer at 152 pounds, Brian Geyer at 170, Lane Saunders at 138 pounds and Diego Madrid at 220 pounds.
Chandler Lauritzen has stepped up his game considerably in recent weeks and could be a sleeper at 132 pounds, while Jonathan Schueler had a solid regular season at heavyweight.
Newcomer Arnoldo Ortiz could also make a push for a district title at 182 pounds.