Wrestling: Toppers bounce back in day two

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By Mike Cote

At the Robertson Invitational, there arent a lot of cupcakes.

Thats something Eric Sorenson, head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team, said his squad better get used to.

The Robertson Invitational, held this weekend in Las Vegas, attracts some of the top competition in the state. Robertson is one of the top programs in the state year in and year out and teams like to see where they stand in relation.

Los Alamos had a slow start Friday, going 16-24 in head-to-head competition, but was able to bounce back Saturday to pick up some quality wins.

The tournament featured round-robin duals competition Friday, followed by Saturdays individual tournament. Wrestlers were seeded in Saturdays bracket based on their performances Friday.

Only Hilltopper Eric Carlson, a senior heavyweight who only started wrestling this season, advanced to the gold medal tournament, winning four out of five bouts in the round-robin event, three by pin and one by major decision.

Carlson went on to finish sixth, falling in the first round to eventual heavyweight runner-up Anthony De Herrera of Bloomfield.

Even with a tough first-day draw Los Alamos pool competition included Aztec, Moriarty and St. Michaels, three of the elite programs in the state Sorenson said he thought the Hilltoppers would have a better Friday showing.

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