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RIO RANCHO — It was a big weekend for the Geyer family.
Older brother Cory Geyer and younger brother Brian were the final two members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team still alive heading into Saturday’s second round of the Class 4A championship tournament.
The tournament was held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
Cory Geyer, at 145 pounds, finished fourth in the tournament, the first Hilltopper to get on the medal stand since 2008. He made it all the way to the championship semifinals unscathed, before running into a buzzsaw in the form of Santa Teresa’s Keith Harding, the No. 2 seed in the 145-pound bracket.
Geyer won his first consolation round bout before getting nipped 2-1 in the third-place contest by Michael De La Torre of Los Lunas.
Grabbing a podium finish was exactly what he’d hoped for, especially after a disappointing 2010 state tournament, something Geyer said gave him motivation to make this weekend’s run.
“Last year, once I got to the floor, I started making some freshman mistakes,” he said. “That happens to you. That happens to everybody. This year, I tried not to make those mistakes.”
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