Wrestling: LA tops Jaguars, Tigers at duals meet

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By Mike Cote

With a little more than five weeks to go in the 2008-09 season, Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling coach Eric Sorenson seems to like the position his team is in.

The Hilltoppers had an all-around solid showing Wednesday in their first home appearance of the season, taking two of four duals at Griffith Gymnasium.

Of significance, Los Alamos scored solid victories over Capital (54-24) and Taos (60-0), although Taos brought just five wrestlers to Wednesday's duals meet.

At the contest, Los Alamos also lost to Rio Rancho's junior varsity squad (46-36) and was nipped by Albuquerque Academy (42-39).

Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers are sitting well entering the final phase of the season.

"There were no big mistakes," Sorenson said. "That was nice. We still have a lot to work on. There's 5-1/2 weeks left in the season. Conditioning-wise, everyone's looking good. Everyone's picking up new techniques and using them. We're generally where we need to be."

Some of the Hilltoppers started out the season slowly but are quickly getting up to speed.

Kory Nelson at 125 pounds has recently found his stride. To follow up his best showing of the season last weekend at the Moriarty Duals, Nelson was dominant in all five of his contests Wednesday.

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