Topper Boys Wresting Team Ties For Second At State

Topper Wrestling Team members present Coach James Hatt with an award thanking him for all his dedicated work over this past season. Photo by John McHale/

Damian Gonzales wins a 2nd place finish in his match with Landon Sandoval from Silver City in weight class-138. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos High School Boys Wrestling Team tied with Silver City for second place with 186.0 points behind Aztec with 224.0 points at the State Wrestling Competition Thursday at the Event Center in Rio Rancho.

The State Competition is the culmination of a season of dedicated hard work to reach State and the hard work paid off. 

The Toppers qualified 11 wrestlers for this year’s event and finished with two State Champions, two 2nd places, one 3rd and two 4th places.

Damian Martinez celebrates his victory over Joel Salazar of Highland to win the State Championship for weight class-160. Photo by John McHale/

Teke Nieto defeats Abraham Lopez of Highland for the State Title in weight class-195. Photo by John McHale/

Joseph Archuleta wins a 2nd place finish over Isaiah Lopez from Belen in weight class-170. Photo by John McHale/

Ben Gellis wins a 2nd place finish in his match with Tatan Olguin from Aztec in weight class-113. Photo by John McHale/

Blair Jackson wins a 4th place finish in his match in the 152-weight class against Jesus Tafoya from Silver City. Photo by John McHale/

Mateo Martinez wins a 2nd place finish in weight class-182 against Malcom Altisi from Aztec. Photo by John McHale/