LAHS wrestling sweeps district duals

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By Phil Scherer

In the first competition of the season against district opponents, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team dominated the District 2-4A duals, defeating every team that stood in its way. 

LAHS took down Española Valley, Pojoaque Valley, Moriarty and Taos, with three of those wins coming in dominant fashion. 

The Hilltoppers defeated Española Valley 60-24, Pojoaque Valley 72-12 and Moriarty 63-18. 

The most compelling match of the day came against Taos, which LAHS narrowly won 42-40. 

The match went down to the wire, but LAHS picked up just enough victories to earn the dual win. 

Ben Gellis, competing in the 106-pound weight class, was one of the top standouts for the Hilltoppers, winning each of his four matches, including a highly important match against Taos. 

Mateo Martinez, competing in the 195-pound weight class, was also impressive, winning each of his three contested duals. He also earned another victory by forfeit. 

Dylan Irish, in the 182-pound weight class, was the only other Hilltopper to compete four times at the District Duals. He earned three victories, with his only loss coming against Pojoaque Valley. 

His victory against Taos was one of the most important of the day, and helped secure victory for his team. Irish has been one of the top competitors for the Hilltoppers throughout this season. 

Devan Mayfield was also a key contributor at the duals, winning two of his three duals, while Ty Nieto won the only two duals he competed in. 

Several other Hilltoppers, including Isaiah Maestas, Milo Light, Israel Gellis, Liam Harper, Damian Martinez and Caden Thorton, picked up a single victory at the duals. 

This weekend, the Hilltoppers will take on the district teams again at the District Championships. 

The meet will take place at Griffith Gymnasium at 9 a.m. Saturday. Following the district championship meet, the Hilltoppers’ will shift focus to the state championship meet, which begins Feb. 22 in Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center. 

Last year, when LAHS was a member of District 2-5A, the Hilltoppers won the district championship and placed in the top 10 at the state championship meet.