LA takes 9th at big wrestling meet

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team earned a ninth-place finish in last weekend’s Rio Rancho Shootout duals meet.
Los Alamos split eight team duals contests at the event, hosted by the Rio Rancho Rams. Among Los Alamos’ key wins at the duals were victories over Class 4A schools Farmington, Santa Fe and Moriarty.
In all, 16 teams took part in last weekend’s tournament, which was comprised of duals matches between participating teams.
Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said he liked the way his wrestlers fought the good fight against some tough competition.
“Even when our backs were on the mat, we were fighting,” he said. “Even when we’re down, we’re not quitting. That was good to see.”
One of the big showings of the weekend was by 182-pounder Joseph Coriz. Coriz picked up a big pin over his opponent from Moriarty with the dual’s outcome still very much up in the air.
Had Coriz lost, it would’ve been tough for Los Alamos to do better than a tie against the Pintos, a solid 4A opponent. Instead, Coriz and 195-pounder Brian Geyer earned pinfalls in the final two head-to-head bouts to give the Hilltoppers a 47-33 win.
Los Alamos also topped a Class 5A team, Valley, this weekend. Los Alamos was on the short end of decisions against Piedra Vista, Rio Rancho, Coronado, Texas and Mesa View, Ariz., one of the top programs in that state.
“Not a bad showing,” coach Geyer said. “We saw some good stuff out of our young kids. It’s good to see them step up and do what they needed to do.”
The meet was the opener of the 2013-14 season for Los Alamos, which only has a handful of regular starters back from last season.
Individually, Brian Geyer went 7-1 at his new weight class — he was the 182-pound state champion last season — and Chandler Lauritzen, another top returner for the Hilltoppers, went 6-2.
John Dermer wrestled in the heavyweight spot, going 7-1 overall, while freshman Patrick Irish was 4-4 at 220 pounds, as did junior Mateo Cardiel at 120 pounds.