Wrestling: LA has high hopes for district tourney

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By The Staff

The formula at the District 2AAAA wrestling tournament is pretty simple: win and you’re in, lose and you’re out.
Los Alamos’ wrestlers, along with the other four district teams’ wrestlers will get their shot to do just that Saturday.
The 2011 district meet will start at 9:30 a.m. This year’s tournament is being hosted by Capital High School.
Saturday’s district tournament will be the first one for 2AAAA newcomer Santa Fe and Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer thinks the Demons might just be the team to beat.
And while Geyer said it would be great to be in the hunt for a team district title this season, the focus is more on getting wrestlers qualified for next week’s state championship tournament.
The district tournament, for teams around the state, is their one and only opportunity to get wrestlers into the state tournament, which will be held Feb. 18 in Rio Rancho. Last season, the Hilltoppers took six wrestlers to the Class 4A title meet.
In 2AAAA, the top three wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state title meet. Geyer said he feels good about his wrestlers’ chances but none of them can get too comfortable.
Los Alamos will be without its 103-pounder, Jodi Cull-Host, who was invited to a national qualifying tournament this weekend.
It also might be without 171-pounder Desmond Fellers, who has been suffering through shoulder and arm trouble since late last season. Fellers’ status was questionable at best this week. Should Fellers be unable to go Friday, it would be the second straight state tournament he’s missed out on due to injury.
Geyer said he felt three wrestlers might get top-three seeds in Saturday morning’s seeding meeting.
Cory Geyer, who Tuesday was awarded the Bryan Sanchez Award, a team award given to the outstanding performer and leader among the Hilltoppers each season, will have a good shot at getting a No. 1 seed at 145 pounds. Geyer posted a 25-8 record during the regular season.
Also for Los Alamos, Brian Geyer (17-7) at 160 pounds and Alyc Montoya (16-10) at 135 pounds, could be in line for a No. 2 seed, although in practical terms there is nothing other than a psychological  advantage between being a No. 2 or  a No. 3.
In 2010, the Hilltoppers struggled at the 2AAAA tournament, finishing in fifth place. The team title was won by Bernalillo, which snapped Española Valley’s four-year chokehold on the championship.