Wrestling: LA has another good mat outing

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team grabbed a pair of team wins this weekend, facing off against six teams at the Duals in the Desert Invitational.Los Alamos topped both Roswell and Ruidoso Saturday, plus earned a 24-24 tie with Bataan Military Academy Friday at the two-day event, held in Deming. The ‘Toppers nipped Roswell’s Coyotes 34-33, picking up four pins and a major decision in that dual, then grabbed seven wins in seven head-to-head bouts against Ruidoso’s Bear, picking up a 43-30 decision.“On the mat, we’re doing well,” Hilltopper head coach Eric Sorenson said. “We’re still missing a few weight classes. It’s tough to stand up in team competition.”Blaine Lattin, wrestling at 189, went a spotless 7-0 at the meet, upping his season record to 27-4. Lattin has emerged this season as a contender for the individual state title in his weight class.Lattin earned the only mat win for the Hilltoppers against Deming, which beat Los Alamos handily, 56-12. In that bout with Robert Apodaca, Lattin got in some early trouble and nearly ended up on his back in the first period, but he rallied to score a fall.Sorenson said several of his grapplers had strong outings this weekend.

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