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Zak Wilde of Los Alamos made his second straight final round Saturday, but this time came out on top.
Wilde, who wrestles for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers at 160 pounds, pinned Josh Docktor of Bloomfield to win his weight class as the Piedra Vista Invitational.
Los Alamos, which took just five wrestlers to the two-day individual tournament, which started Friday, finished in seventh place with 44 points. The tournament was won by the Class AAA Bloomfield Wildcats, who picked up a hefty total of 191.5 points, although they needed almost all of them to hold off Bayfield, Colo., which finished with 183 points.
Also Saturday, Los Alamos’ Blaine Lattin made the championship round at 189 pounds before losing a tight 2-1 decision in his final bout. The Piedra Vista tournament was the first singles competition of the season for Lattin, who missed the previous weekend’s Jaguar Invitational because he was taking a college entrance exam.
Los Alamos had a shaky start to the tournament.
“(Friday) I felt pretty bad,” Hilltopper head coach Eric Sorensen said. “We went five wins, seven losses. It wasn’t a good day.”
But Sorenson’s spirits lifted during Saturday’s competition, in which his grapplers picked up seven wins against four losses, counting the concurrent junior varsity tournament.
Wilde, meanwhile, picked up the first win for the Hilltoppers at Piedra Vista’s tournament since further back than Sorenson could remember.
After a first-round pinfall against Conrad Mares of West Las Vegas, Wilde met up with Piedra Vista’s Adam Schofield, a wrestler he lost to twice last season at 152 pounds. Wilde, however, got a measure of revenge, handily defeating Schofield 6-0 to advance to the title round, where he scored the pin over Docktor.
“He wrestled strong,” Sorenson said. “He looked really tough this weekend.”
For Lattin, he scored a pin in his first round, then knocked off Joe Calabaza of Bernalillo, 4-1 in the semifinals.
Also wrestling in the varsity bracket were Paul Martinez at 112 pounds, who went 1-2 individually, Kory Nelson at 125 and Gary Thorne at 171. Both Nelson and Thorne were knocked out of the tournament in straight contests.
In the JV tournament, both Cory Geyer at 119 pounds Nico Mendez at 135 pounds took third place in their weight divisions.
Mendez had to bounce back from an opening round loss to Kirtland Central’s Jacory James to defeat James in the consolation final by fall.
Geyer, an eighth-grader in his first high school competition, won three of four contests, including scoring a pin against Piedra Vista’s Jesus Diaz to take the top consolation honor.
Also in the JV bracket, Jodi Cull-Host went 1-2 at 103 pounds.
Los Alamos will be off until Jan. 6 when it travels to a quadrangular meet at Del Norte.
Because of the school’s vacation schedule, the Hilltoppers will have several team members on travel for the next 2-plus weeks. Sorenson said it will be tough to get much meaningful work done during that span.