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The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will take part in its second tournament of the season Friday when it travels to Santa Fe.
Los Alamos will compete in the Jaguar Invitational, which starts at 9 a.m. Friday. The tournament is hosted by the Capital Jaguars, one of Los Alamos’ District 2AAAA rivals.
Unlike past seasons, the 16-man brackets will all be settled in one day.
For the Hilltoppers, they are easing into the season before hitting the ground hard following the high school’s winter break. Unless the Hilltoppers elect to enter late into another tournament this month, which head coach Robert Geyer said they were looking into, after this weekend, they won’t wrestle again until Jan. 8.
In the month of January, however, Los Alamos will have five competitions, including its first home appearance of the season Jan. 12.
Last weekend, Los Alamos competed in the Sam CdeBaca Memorial Invitational at Manzano. Los Alamos finished 10th in the main draw, picking up 24.00 team points.
At that tournament, Cory Geyer placed third in the 152-pound bracket, losing his only bout of the day to Santa Fe’s Anthony Abeyta in the semifinals. Abeyta, one of the top returning wrestlers in northern New Mexico, went on to win the 152-pound title.
Geyer bounced back after his 12-10 loss in the semifinal to top Andrew Hunt of Albuquerque Academy in the third-place contest.
Also at the competition, Brian Geyer just missed earning a medal, finishing fourth at 160 pounds.
Along with Los Alamos and Capital, the other three District 2AAAA teams, Española Valley, Santa Fe and Bernalillo, are all expected to attend.