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To say the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will be going into the state Class 4A tournament with a wave of momentum may be something of an understatement.
The Hilltoppers pulled off a huge upset last weekend at the District 2-4A championship tournament and have a full contingent heading into the state tournament, which gets going Friday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
Los Alamos upended the Capital Jaguars for the district team title. Los Alamos needed a huge showing from its underclassmen and got just that as it nipped the Jaguars by six points to grab its third consecutive 2-4A crown.
“We needed every single one of our wins,” said Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer, who has steered the team to each one of those district titles. “One match goes the other way, we don’t win it.”
Geyer said it was the most exciting tournament he’d ever been a part of in nine years of being a head coach and an assistant around the Hilltopper program.
The Hilltoppers have 14 entries into the 4A tournament, including four district champs. Dominick Montoya, one of the younger wrestlers Los Alamos needed to come through last weekend, more than came through, upsetting Gilbert Mancha of Capital in the final of that weight class to earn the first district title of his career.
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