LA's Geyer earns win in Tucumcari

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had another solid showing in last weekend’s tournament in Tucumcari.
Los Alamos placed three wrestlers into the finals and picked up two additional medals as the Rattler Invitational Saturday. The tournament had 13 participating teams.
“For the most part, we looked pretty good,” Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said. “Everybody except our 106-pounder won at least one match….We’re definitely looking better than I though we would at this time.”
Unfortunately, team points weren’t tracked at Saturday’s tournament, so the Hilltoppers didn’t know where they ended up amongst the competing squads.
Many of the same teams Los Alamos saw a week earlier at the Jaguar Invitational in Santa Fe were at Tucumcari’s tournament. The two Roswell schools, along with the Las Vegas schools, Los Lunas took part, as did several schools from the Amarillo, Texas, area.
Among the finalists Saturday were Lane Saunders, Brian Geyer and Jonathan Schueler, all of whom were winners the previous week.
Geyer was the lone individual champion for the Hilltoppers, picking up his second tournament title of the season. Geyer scored four consecutive pins at the 195-pound weight class, including the final.
Saunders and Schueler finished as the runners-up at 170 and heavyweight. Saunders was nipped in the championship bout by Luke Sanchez of St. Michael’s, 4-3.
Also picking up medals at Tucumcari were Mateo Cardiel at 120 pounds and Patrick Irish at 220 pounds.
Irish was a late entry into the tournament, filling in for John Dermer, who finished as the runner-up in that spot a week earlier. Irish finished in fourth place for the Hilltoppers, while Cardiel was a third-place finisher.
The Rattler Invitational is the last action Los Alamos will have until Jan. 11, when it attends a tournament at Albuquerque Academy. It will be home for the first time this season Jan. 15, hosting a duals meet.
Coach Geyer said the Hilltoppers will keep things relatively light during the winter break, practicing in the mornings to stay loose in preparation for the stretch run during the final seven weeks of the season.
“We’re still making a lot more mistakes, but they’re other mistakes,” he said. “We’re starting to wrestle a little more solid. It was a nice showing. I’m really happy with it.”