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Prep wrestling: Toppers advance 3 to state semis

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos wrestling team had three wrestlers advance to the championship semifinals of the Class 5A state meet.

The championship semifinals will be Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Devin Atencio at 106 pounds, pinned Belen's Raul Sisneros and topped Deming's Frankie Lucero to earn a semifinal matchup against District 2-5A foe Frankie Baca of Del Norte.

Donovan Atencio reached the 113-pounds semifinals by getting wins against Farmington's Alex Rodriguez and St. Pius' Steven Sanchez. He'll face District 2-5A champion Ryan Romero on Saturday.

Hilltoppers sophomore Sam Harvey made his way to the 195-pound semifinals after downing Kirtland Central's Cadyn Hartsfield and Grants' Paris Salvador. Harvey's two wins set up a tough match up against Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez.

Los Alamos had other wrestlers win in the first round and in the consolation bracket.

Trevor Brown (145 pounds) started with a first round win against Drew Smith of Bloomfield but fell in the quarterfinals to Belen's Chris Robinson. In the consolation bracket, Brown will face Kirtland Central's Brandon Silago.

Milo Light (220 pounds) got off to a strong start by pinning Kirtland Central's Ian Thomas setting up a quarterfinal match against an opponent he's faced often this season. In the quarterfinals, Light met Capital's Manuel Carrillo, who fell to Light in the District 2-5A championship. But on Friday, Carrillo ended his losing streak against Light by claiming a 3-1 overtime decision.

Carrillo moved on to the semifinals, where he will face favorite Gerald Sanchez of Los Lunas. Light will compete in the consolation bracket Saturday against Spencer Steffensen of Grants.    

Reyes Mendez topped Deming's Matt Ebright before falling to Aztec's Austin Littlefield in the 152-pound quarterfinals. Mendez will take on Capital's Abel Barraza in the consolation bracket.  

John Dimarino beat Goddard's Seth Diaz but fell in the 182 quarterfinals to Cody Manueltio of Kirtland Central. 

At 160, Dylan Irish lost his opening round match to Valencia's Lane Moss. Irish rebounded with a win in the consolation bracket against Gavin Blair of Farmington. 

At 120, Damien Gonzales lost in the first round but and in the consolation bracket. Ty Nieto also lost both bouts in the 126-pound weight class.