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The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took one victory in five duals matches at the Moriarty Invitational Saturday.
Los Alamos, wrestling for the first time in nearly a month, got off to a slow start at the Moriarty dual meet, hosted by the Pintos, one of the top Class 4A teams in the state. However, Los Alamos regrouped quickly to pick up a win over Sandia in its second contest of the day.
The Hilltoppers topped Sandia’s Matadors by a final of 39-30. They would lose to Del Norte 31-18, Moriarty 60-18, Las Vegas Robertson 51-12 and Santa Fe 37-24.
“Overall, we had some good wrestling,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said. “Our first match against Del Norte, we came out real flat. After that, we had a talk, we regrouped. In the second match, everyone came out and boom, boom, boom.”
The Hilltoppers traveled with nine wrestlers Saturday, although Mitchell Carson competed only in exhibition contests. Three Hilltoppers, Alyc Montoya, Cory Geyer and Brian Geyer, combined to win 13 of 15 contests, with Brian Geyer going 5-0 on the day.
Coach Geyer said he was happy with the effort after struggling early, but giving up six weight classes against Moriarty, which boasts a full compliment, didn’t help that final result.
Montoya, at 135 pounds, was wrestling in his first event of the season after having to sit out the first semester due to transfer rules. Montoya, originally from Pojoaque, went 4-1 for the Hilltoppers.
Cory Geyer was also 4-1 Saturday, while Chandler Lauritzen was 2-2. Desmond Fellers, also making his season debut at 171 pounds, was 2-3. Fellers spent the early part of the season recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered late last season.
After competing in just two events in December — the Hilltoppers had to nix a third event, at Tucumcari, due to weather concerns — Los Alamos will be very busy in the month of January, including hosting a dual competition of its own Wednesday.
Coach Geyer said he liked the effort he saw from his team Saturday coming off a considerable layoff.
“We picked up some wins we didn’t think we were going to get,” he said. “The kids did a good job.”