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Five Hilltoppers earn medals at wrestling state championships

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By Phil Scherer

After winning the district championship for the second year in a row, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team carried its momentum over to the state championships, finishing in seventh place in Class 4A.

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The Hilltoppers finished with 106.5 points as a team. Aztec claimed the state championship with 225 points, including three individual state champions. 

The top finisher for LAHS was Damian Gonzales, who was the runner-up in the 126-pound weight class. After advancing to the finals, Gonzales was defeated by Christian Robison, who finished the season with a record of 41-3. 

Milo Light also had a strong run in the state championships, finishing in third place in the 285-pound weight class. This was quite the accomplishment for Light, who was injured for much of his senior season. Last year, Light finished in sixth place in his weight class. 

Also having strong showings were Roman Ulibarri in the 106-pound weight class and Dylan Irish in the 182-pound weight class, who both finished in fourth place. 

Both Ulibarri and Irish were defeated by the eventual state champions in the semifinal round. Ulibarri was defeated by Silver’s Brenden Olsen, while Irish was defeated by Taos’ Estevan Valerio. 

Valerio also defeated Irish in the District 2-4A championships. He finished the season undefeated with a 28-0 record as a senior. 

Valerio was one of two state champions to come out of District 2-4A, along with Pojoaque Valley’s Javier Tapia. Tapia finished the season 34-1. He defeated LAHS’ Ty Nieto in the second round in the 170-pound weight class. 

The Hilltoppers’ Israel Gellis also had a deep run in the tournament, finishing in sixth place in the 138-pound weight class. 

This is the second year in a row that LAHS has finished in seventh place in its class. 

Last year, the Hilltoppers finished with 110 team points, and had one individual state champion.