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Phil Scherer
LAHS freshman Devin Atencio collapses to the ground after winning the Class 5A state championship in the 106-pound weight class. Atencio defeated St. Pius’ Matthew Sanchez to earn the title.
Atencio wins state championship

For the first time since 2014, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team has a state champion.

Devin Atencio, a freshman in the 106-pound weight class, claimed the title by defeating all four of his opponents last weekend at the NMAA State Wrestling Championships. And he did it in convincing fashion, appearing in control throughout every match.

“It feels amazing,” Atencio said. “I have been working at this for my whole life. It’s just a great feeling.”

Last year, as an eighth-grader, Atencio finished in fourth place at the championships, easily getting through the first two rounds of the competition before falling in the semifinals and the third-place match.

This year, he seemed determined to keep that from happening.

In the first round, he faced Española Valley’s Joey Fernandez, who he defeated for the District 2-5A championship the week prior. Much like the first matchup, Atencio had little trouble defeating Fernandez, pinning him in 1:13.

The quarterfinal round against Kirtland Central’s Devin Montano was equally dominant for Atencio, as he earned the pin just 32 seconds into the second round to advance to the semifinals.

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