The Hilltoppers wrestled five duals at Piedra Vista’s Panther Classic Saturday and won two of them.
“It was one of the best tournaments we’ve been to so far,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said.
Los Alamos beat Dolores (Colorado) and Piedra Vista’s silver squad, but fell to Farmington, Cleveland and Cleveland’s junior varsity.
Cleveland, the top-ranked team in New Mexico, went on to beat Piedra Vista in the championship dual, 50-18.
Against Los Alamos, however, the Storm backed down instead of taking on Hilltopper’s top wrestler, Lane Saunders.
“Cleveland ducked him,” Hatt said. “They’re supposed to be the best team in the state and they had a guy, they just would not wrestle him.”
With that forfeit and a few others, Saunders only wrestled one match. He won by decision against Farmington’s 195-pounder.
Dylan Irish bumped up to 170 pounds for the tournament and had a successful day at the new weight, going 3-2.
The coach also said Damien Sundby and Chris Romero were “in every match” that they wrestled, working hard to give themselves a chance to win at the end. They prevailed a few times came up a little short other times.