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The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team picked up a decisive win over a district foe Wednesday night.
The Hilltoppers dropped the Capital Jaguars 54-30 at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers had a commanding lead heading into the final six bouts of the dual meet, but the Jaguars were able to come back in the lighter weights to close the gap.
However, Los Alamos’ grapplers earned some key victories to help secure the win.
“Everybody wrestled pretty tough,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said. “A lot of guys went out and got pins in the first round.”
Key individual victories for Los Alamos included Chandler Lauritzen at 132 pounds and Isaac Koh at 160.
Geyer said the team has challenged Koh to step up his game and Koh answered that challenge with a second period pin against Capital.
The District 2-4A tournament is scheduled for Feb. 11 and Los Alamos’ wrestlers are positioning themselves for the most favorable seeds they can get. Head-to-head wins over district opponents go a long way toward securing top seeds.
Brian Geyer, who will likely be a top seed at district, and possibly among the top four at state, came back after getting inadvertently kneed in the ribs to earn a pinfall, while Diego Madrid and Jonathan Schueler were also pinfall winners at 220 and heavyweight.
The dual with Capital was a late reschedule from a postponement last week.
This weekend, coach Geyer said he’s splitting his team in two, sending the lower weight wrestlers to a junior varsity tournament at Atrisco Heritage, hopefully to get those wrestlers some wins and a shot of confidence. Most of the rest of the team will head to the Aztec Duals, which is scheduled to feature some of the top teams in the Four Corners area.
Because he’s not taking a full squad up to Aztec, Geyer said his team’s not likely to win many duals at the tournament.