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Wrestling heads up to Four Corners area

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will be back in action this weekend, heading up to the Four Corners area.
Los Alamos will take part in the Aztec Tiger Duals Saturday. In that duals competition, the Hilltoppers will see Cleveland, Pagosa Springs, Colo., and host Aztec in their pool.
It has been an interesting last couple of weeks of competition for the Hilltoppers. After ho-hum showings against Albuquerque Academy, at the Chargers’ tournament and at home in a duals contest, the Hilltoppers took a small group to the Joe Vivian Invitational last weekend and some other wrestlers to a tournament in Pecos.
The Joe Vivian tournament is one of the toughest in the state, with virtually all of the state’s top teams taking part.
Only five Los Alamos wrestlers took part and only two, 170-pounder Lane Saunders and heavyweight Jonathan Schueler survived the first day and made it into day two. No Hilltoppers made the podium.
One of the wrestlers not traveling with the team was Brian Geyer, 195-pounder and defending state champ. Head coach Bob Geyer said Brian was feeling under the weather, an issue he’d had to deal with for most of the previous week, and the Hilltoppers elected to keep him out of the Vivian tournament, where he could probably have had a big impact.
The Pecos tournament started Saturday and a couple of Hilltopper wrestlers who were eliminated early at Vivian entered into the Pecos draw, including Chandler Lauritzen, who finished as the runner-up at 145 pounds there.
Patrick Irish, wrestling at 220 pounds, also made it to the championship round at Pecos, following up a good showing against Academy at home Jan. 15.
Other teams scheduled to take part at Aztec this weekend include other Four Corners-area teams like Shiprock, Piedra Vista, as well as St. Pius X and Los Alamos’ district foe Capital.