The Topper Wrestling Team proudly displays their first place trophy at the district match Saturday in Griffith Gymnasium. The Toppers finished with 205.5 points ahead of Taos with 176 points. The Toppers wrestle Friday and Saturday in the State Meet at the Santa Anna Star Center in Rio Rancho. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos High School wrestling team will send 13 wrestlers to the Class 4A state wrestling championships Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
The Hilltoppers hosted the District 2-4A individual championships Feb. 16 at Griffith Gymnasium. The top three wrestlers from each weight class qualify for the state championship. Taos High School, Espanola Valley High School, Pojoaque Valley High School and Moriarty High School also competed at the district championships.
Three members of Los Alamos’ team won individual district titles. All are underclassmen, which bodes well for the Hilltoppers’ future.
Freshman Roman Ulibarri defeated Taos’ Mante Chacon in the 106-pound championship match in a 13-5 major decision.
Freshman Joshua Archuleta defeated Taos’ Dominic Sillas in the 120-pound championship match, pinning Sillas in the second period.
Sophomore Damian Gonzales defeated Moriarty’s Andres Lopez in the 126-pound championship match, pinning Lopez in the third period.
The following Los Alamos wrestlers finished in second place, losing in the championship matches. They will qualify for state in their weight class: Israel Gellis was pinned by Taos’ Tyler Valencia in the 138-pound weight class. Teke Nieto was pinned by Espanola Valley’s Edgar Sanchez in the 145-pound weight class.
Liam Harper lost to Taos’ Cameron Gonzales in the 152-pound weight class by a 14-6 major decision. Damian Martinez was pinned by Moriarty’s Colton Zeisloft in the 160-pound weight class. Ty Nieto was pinned by Pojoaque Valley’s Javier Tapia in the 170-pound weight class. Dylan Irish lost to Taos’ Estevan Valerio in the 182-pound weight class. Mateo Martinez lost to Taos’ Clayton Demas in the 195-pound weight class by a 12-2 decision. Milo Light was pinned by Taos’ Dominic Lopez in the 285-pound weight class.
Los Alamos’ Isaiah Maestas qualified for state by winning his third-place match in the 113-pound weight class against Espanola Valley’s Gabriel Manzanares by pinning Manzanares in the second period. The Hilltoppers’ Dimitri Bullock receive a bye in the third-place match of the 220-pound weight class and qualifies for state.
Los Alamos’ Devan Mayfield lost to Taos’ Joseph Chacon in the third-place match of the 132-pound weight class. Mayfield may still qualify for state as a wild-card selection.
The Los Alamos wrestling program benefits from strong participation. Coach James Hatt said he was two-deep in every weight class. He credits his team for the number of wrestlers that participate in the program and the team spirit it inspires in them.
“If the kids don’t recruit, you won’t have numbers,” Coach Hatt said. “They encourage their friends to participate. This year the team is a lot better and a lot closer. They really are becoming a team and working hard for each other.”
Roman Uibarri won a district title at this meet. Here he wrestles an opponent from Taos and won with a score of 13-5 in the 106-weight class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Isaiah Maestas takes his opponent to the mat for the pin in the 113-weight-class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Josh Archuleta won a district championship in this match. Here he wrestles an opponent from Taos and won by a pin in the 120 weight class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Damian Gonzales won a district championship at this meet. Here he wrestles an opponent from Espanola and is positioning him for the pin in the 126-weight class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Ty Nieto wrestles an opponent from Espanola and won by a pin in the 170-weight class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Dylan Irish waits for the official to call the pin in his match against an opponent from Moriarty in the 182 weight class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Mateo Martinez wrestles an oppenent from Moriarty in 195 weight-class and won by a pin. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com