LA wrestlers finish second at Academy

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By The Staff

 The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had some big performances en route to a strong second place finish at Albuquerque Academy.

Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz and Brian Geyer won their weight classes Saturday to lead Los Alamos to the second place finish in the tournament behind Class 5A Eldorado. The tournament featured 6 teams from Class 5A and 4 more from Class 4A.

Cory Geyer earned three pins in three bouts to win the 160-pound championship. Brian Geyer also pinned out his opponents, rolling to the 170-pound title.

Brian Geyer, who is having a huge season for the Hilltoppers so far, was named the upper weight classifications’ outstanding wrestler of the tournament for his win and overall performance in the 182-pound bracket.

The outstanding wrestler award is chosen by all the coaches of teams participating in the tournament.

Los Alamos took just eight wrestlers to Academy but ended up with five wrestlers in the championship round.

Along with Ortiz, who had to scrape together a win in overtime of the 170 championship, Chandler Lauritzen finished as the runner-up at 132 pounds and Lane Saunders did likewise at 152 pounds.

Los Alamos, participating in its first event since the winter break, doesn’t have much time to prepare for its next competition. It hosts Española Valley, Academy and Capital Wednesday afternoon.

“We had a really good day today,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said. “But we’ve got a short week of practice. Monday, we’ve got to get all of our challenge matches done for Wednesday.”

Also for Los Alamos, Diego Madrid at 195 pounds and Peter Brewer at 220 pounds finished fourth at Academy.