Wrestling: Lattin is third, Wilde fourth at Class 4A tourney

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By Mike Cote

RIO RANCHO — A pair of Los Alamos Hilltoppers made it to the consolation finals at the Class AAAA wrestling championship tournament last weekend.

The tournament was held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Blaine Lattin finished third for the Hilltoppers Saturday, bouncing back from a loss to open Saturday’s competition, while Zak Wilde grabbed a fourth-place finish for Los Alamos at the tournament.

Wilde and Lattin led a spirited effort for Los Alamos’ wrestlers on the weekend, making for a solid ending to a season that didn’t start out terribly promising.

“These kids are a bunch of dedicated athletes,” Los Alamos head coach Eric Sorenson said. “Most of them worked hard all season, we had a few injuries, but all-around this weekend was not too bad.”

Wilde was the only Hilltopper to make it through day one unscathed. Wilde, wrestling in the brutal 160-pound weight class, earned a first round pinfall against Farmington’s Kalen Uselman, then held on to his late lead to knock off Kirtland Central’s Stormy Hogue.

Hogue and Wilde had nearly identical records heading into the quarterfinal contest, with Hogue posting a 20-5 record on the season and Wilde a 21-4.

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