Wrestling: LA hosting a solid slate of teams

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By Mike Cote

It’s considered standard practice to stack a home tournament to give the host team as good a shot as possible to win in front of the local crowd.

Few will accuse the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team of doing that Saturday.

Los Alamos will host the Bryan Sanchez Memorial Tournament Saturday. Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. in Los Alamos High School’s Auxiliary Gym.

A very solid collection of teams will take part in Saturday’s tournament, which was named last season after a former standout Hilltopper wrestler.

Sanchez placed sixth for the Hilltoppers at the 2005 state Class AAAA championship meet. Sanchez was killed in a December 2008 car accident.

Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said following the fatal accident, he and then-head coach Eric Sorenson decided to name the tournament in Sanchez’s honor last season. Following the conclusion of competition Saturday, a trophy will be given to one of the current Hilltoppers who best exemplifies Sanchez’s legacy.

“The family decides who gets it,” Geyer said. “The coaching staff has nothing to do with it.”

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