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The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team placed five grapplers into the gold round of the Las Vegas Invitational this weekend and took one championship.
Despite battling an illness this weekend, Hilltopper Cory Geyer won the gold bracket championship at 160 pounds, winning the championship bout 13-4.
Geyer was up 13-0 heading into the final moments of the championship, but nearly got caught and put on his back in the late seconds before getting out of his sticky situation and holding on to win.
The gold bracket at the Robertson tournament, which included 25 teams, proved a tough one for the Hilltoppers. They would pick up just one more top six finish with Brian Geyer grabbing fourth at 180 pounds.
Brian Geyer, who was also sick, gutted his way through to the championship semifinals until his illness took its toll and he had little left for the rest of the tournament.
Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said he was hoping for a better overall showing from his team, but Los Alamos saw the level of competition he thought it would seed.
“I don’t want any quick pins,” he said. “I want tough matches that are going to get us better.”
This weekend’s tournament was the next-to-last of the regular season. Los Alamos will host the Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational Saturday, with 10 teams expected to drop by.
In the silver bracket, Los Alamos placed four wrestlers in the top three overall with heavyweight John Dermer making it to the final round before falling in the title bout.
The Hilltoppers were in the top 10 among competing teams at the Robertson tournament after Friday’s first round, but final team standings were unavailable Saturday night.