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To pull a prank on Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling fan and unofficial team mother Rita Sanchez, Brian Geyer found a “boot” for leg injuries at his house and limped in to see Sanchez.
He told Sanchez he had broken his leg the Friday before in a football game. Sanchez, not realizing it was all a gag, went straight to chapel and prayed for Geyer to be healed of his injury.
Upon finding out the whole thing was a joke, she dubbed him with the moniker “S.H.” It doesn’t mean “Super Hero,” either.
But Geyer had his heroic moment last weekend, earning the first individual state championship for the Hilltoppers since 1996.
“It feels really great,” Geyer said. “The last state title we had was when I was born.”
Geyer had a dominant performance at the state Class 4A tournament, held at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. He won five straight contests, including holding on in a nail-biting overtime bout against Los Lunas’ Mark Hussey, to claim the title at 182 pounds.
In the championship contest, Hussey went up 1-0 with two periods in the books and held a 3-2 advantage with under a minute remaining in regulation.
Then, with time running out, Hussey was called for locking his hands — wrestlers can only do that when attempting a pinfall — and Geyer was awarded a penalty point to tie the score. Geyer benefitted from the same call against Santa Fe’s Jonah Schmelz in the semifinal round, when Schmelz was called for locking hands twice in less than 10 seconds with time running out.
The call on Hussey forced the overtime periods. There ended up being four of them in all, with Geyer hanging on in sudden death, literally, riding out Hussey to earn the win.
“I was absolutely exhausted,” Geyer said of the final moments of the title bout. “But I had to push the pace. That was all that was going through my mind, push the pace.”
Geyer, who went into the state tournament as the No. 4 seed for Los Alamos, finished his junior year with a record of 45-4. Three of those losses in the regular season were to Schmelz and Hussey.
His dad, Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer, said at the beginning of the year Brian had committed himself to being among the best wrestlers in the state.
The state title, coach Geyer said, will have big effects on not only his son, but for Los Alamos wrestling.
“It’s a big success for the program and, as a dad, I’m beaming,” coach Geyer said. “But for the program, it does a lot of good to have a state champ.”
It has been a big 2012-13 season for the Geyer wrestling family.
Senior Cory Geyer finished as the runner-up at 160 pounds and was offered a roster spot next year for the United States Coast Guard team.
In addition to his state title, Brian Geyer was also awarded the Bryan Sanchez Award for the 2012-13 season, which is given to honor the memory of a former Hilltopper wrestler and the son of Rita Sanchez.
And while Brian Geyer hasn’t yet turned his attention to wrestling potentially further down the road following his senior year next year, he said he’s enjoying his milestone victory.
“This is every little kid’s dream when they play sports,” he said. “They want to be a state champion or something like it. Next year, I want to be a two-time state champion. I have to work just as hard as I did this year to get it.”