Hilltopper wrestling falls to last place in district

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By Mike Cote

It was not the day the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was hoping to have.

Los Alamos hosted the District 2AAAA championship tournament Saturday at Auxiliary Gym. Los Alamos, instead of making a push for a runner-up spot in 2AAAA, was relegated to last place among the five district teams Saturday.

The Hilltoppers garnered 101 team points in the tournament. They were edged out by the Capital Jaguars, who finished in fourth place with 104 points.

If Los Alamos was disappointed with its finish Saturday, it certainly wasn’t the only team. The Española Valley Sundevils, which had dominated the district tournament for the past four years, was upset by Bernalillo in the team standings.

Bernalillo, which has had an up-and-down season in 2009-10, finished on a big up. The Spartans, whom the Hilltoppers upset for the district’s runner-up spot a season ago, grabbed 164 team points, eking out a 5-point victory over the Sundevils.

Española Valley, Taos and Bernalillo each had seven wrestlers advance to the final round. Taos, another team that wasn’t considered a major threat for a district title, finished a very respectable third, grabbing 143 points.

Individually, the Hilltoppers placed three wrestlers into the championship round, only one of which survived even one minute on the mat.

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