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LAHS wrestling wins District 2-4A championship

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By Phil Scherer

For the second year in a row, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team is the district champion. The Hilltoppers defeated Española Valley, Moriarty, Pojoaque Valley and Taos Feb. 16 to claim the District 2-4A championship in front of a home crowd at Griffith Gymnasium. 

One of the biggest factors that led to an LAHS victory was the team’s strength in numbers. The Hilltoppers had wrestlers in all 14 divisions, which no other team was able to accomplish. Taos was the closest with 12 wrestlers, while Española Valley brought eight wrestlers, Moriarty had nine competitors and Pojoaque Valley had five wrestlers. 

The Hilltoppers claimed the district title with a total of 205.5 points, while Taos claimed second place with 176 points. 

Moriarty was the third place team with 107 points. Española Valley was fourth with 83 points, while Pojoaque Valley finished with 59 points. 

LAHS had three individuals claim district championships, Joshua Archuleta, Damian Gonzales and Roman Ulibarri. Archuleta competed in the 120-pound weight class. Gonzales was in the 126-pound weight class and Ulibarri was in the 106-pound weight class. 

The Hilltoppers also had eight other competitors finish as district runner-ups. They were Israel Gellis, Liam Harper, Dylan Irish, Milo Light, Damian Martinez, Mateo Martinez, Teke Nieto and Ty Nieto. 

With the district championship now in hand, the Hilltoppers’ focus shifts to the state championships, which will be this weekend in Rio Rancho. 

Last year, LAHS finished in the top 10 at state, and had several wrestlers advance to the second day of the championships.