The Los Alamos wrestling team will begin its season with a busy stretch of days, starting Friday in a home dual and then heading down to Los Lunas for a dual-meet tournament Saturday.
“We’re eager to get out there and wrestle someone who’s not one of our teammates and see where we need to improve,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said.
Hatt moved from Provo, Utah, where he coached at West Lake High School, to take the head coach job here. Hatt, however, has some Los Alamos connections. His sister lives here and he also coached with a Los Alamos alumnus, Trevor Schramm, in Utah.
Now he’s helping the ’Toppers prepare for the year.
“We’re definitely working hard,” Hatt said. “We’ve had tough practices. The guys that are sticking around are getting better.”
A trio of seniors will lead the team this season — captains Lane Saunders, Chris Romero and Damien Sundby. Saunders is already a two-time state champion. He beat Goddard’s Israel Villa in overtime to capture the 182-pound championship last year. Sundby also returns with state experience, competing last year at 138 pounds. Senior Hungjoo Kim is also competing this year.