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Toppers open season with a tough test at Rio Rancho

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By Mike Cote

The lament of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program in recent years has been a lack of bodies to fill roster spots.
The 2011-12 roster, however, has no such problem.
Los Alamos will go into the season with a full slate of wrestlers, something it hasn’t had in many years, and before the outcome of a single bout has been determined, expectations have risen. Los Alamos finished No. 10 in the preseason Class 4A coaches poll, something that surprised Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer, and many already feel the team should push reigning District 2-4A champion Santa Fe for the crown in February.
But, considering many of those wrestlers have little or no prep wrestling experience, is that getting a little ahead of the game at this point?
“All the senior wrestlers can help each other and they can help the new kids,” Los Alamos veteran wrestler Ben Mitsunaga said. “We’re helping the new kids. We’ll get stronger and stronger. We’ll have good wrestlers.”
Los Alamos opened its season this morning at the Southwest Duals, which should show Geyer and the rest of the program exactly how much work will need to be done. The Southwest Duals, a two-day event hosted by Rio Rancho, includes teams from all over the southwest, including some of the top programs in the state.


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