LA grabs elusive district title

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Wrestling: ’Toppers pick up three individual titles, six runner-up spots Saturday

By Mike Cote

SANTA FE — Inside the wrestling room at the Pueblo Complex, a banner hangs from the wall. The banner is 17 years old and has stood alone for a long time.
“We’ve been pointing at that banner every day for a month now,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said, to remind the team that it hadn’t earned a district title since 1995. “We told (our guys), ‘if you want one, you’d better wrestle.’”
Now, that banner will have some company.
The Hilltoppers earned a 2-4A title Saturday at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium. They finished with 156 team points, 23 points better than co-runners up Santa Fe and Bernalillo.
Los Alamos got more wrestlers into the final round, nine, than any of the other four competing teams, and took three individual titles.
Cory Geyer at 152 pounds, Brian Geyer at 170 pounds and Arnoldo Ortiz at 182 pounds grabbed the individual crowns, with Brian Geyer having to come back from a second period deficit against Jonah Schemlz of Santa Fe to win his title.
Los Alamos now advances to this weekend’s state Class 4A championship tournament. In all, it will have 12 representatives entered into the draw, the most it’s had in over a decade.
Cory Geyer, a junior, got a run for his money in both his bouts Saturday.

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