‘Toppers Win Three District Titles, Advance To State

 
Devin Atencio throws his opponent from Capital over his shoulder in his match in the District Tournament at Del Norte High School. Atencio wrestles in the 106 pound weight class. He did not win his match. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com​
 
Trevor Brown makes quick work in beating his opponent from Capitol. Brown went on to win a District Championship in the 145 pound weight class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com​
 
 ​​Coach James Hatt offers encouragement to Lewis Harvey in his match against a tough component from Del Norte in the 138 pound weight class. Lewis lost 8-10 in this match. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com  
 
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Los Alamos High School wrestling team tied with Del Norte High School of Albuquerque for second place at the District 2-5A individual wrestling championships Feb. 11 at Del Norte High School.
 
The Hilltoppers and the Knights each scored 144 points. Los Alamos produced three District 2-5A individual champions and had 10 wrestlers qualify for the Class 5A state wrestling tournament by placing third or higher at the District 2-5A meet.
 
Trevor Brown took first place in the 145-pound weight class. Brown pinned Capital High School’s Sean Ulibarri in the semifinals. In the championship match, Brown pinned Del Norte’s Nathanial Rubio. Sam Harvey pinned both of his opponent’s to take first place in the 195-pound weight class. Harvey defeated Tre Ornelas of Del Norte in the semifinals and Capital’s Julian Sanchez in the championship match. Milo Light pinned Espanola Valley High School’s Ace Gabrentina in the semifinals to advance to the 220-pound weight class championship match. Light defeated Capital’s Manuel Carillo in a 4-3 decision for the championship.
 
Three Los Alamos’ wrestlers took second place, losing in the championship matches of their respective weight classes. Reyes Mendez lost in overtime to Capital’s Julian Barros in a 9-6 decision at 152 pounds.
Dylan Irish lost by injury default to Capital’s Jacob Jiron at 160 pounds. John Dimarino was pinned by Albuquerque Academy’s Mitchell Nunez in the 182-pound championship match.
 
Finishing third in their respective weight classes and qualifying for state as one of the top three placers at the District 2-5A meet by winning their third-place matches were: Devin Atencio defeated Academy’s Michael Kakiche at 106 pounds. Donovan Atencio defeated Academy’s Andre Rodriguez at 113 pounds.
 
Damian Gonzales defeated Espanola’s Neil Pacheco at 120 pounds. Patrick Irish pinned Espanola’s Kalub Romero at 285 pounds. Also competing for Los Alamos were Neil DeHerrera (fourth at 132 pounds), Ty Nieto (126 pounds), Lewis Harvey (138 pounds) and Jacob Thompson
(170 pounds).
 
Capital took first place in the team standings with 193.5 points. Academy was fourth with 122 points and Espanola fifth with 72 points.
 
The Los Alamos wrestlers will compete at the State Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
 
Dylan Irish in weight 160 works his opponent from Academy. He won this match with a pin. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Sam Harvey pins the wrestler from Del Norte in weight 195.  Sam won a District Championship for his efforts at this meet. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
​ Milo Light maneuvers the wrestler from Espanola into a position for a pin. The maneuver worked; Light won. He also won the District Title for weight 220. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
​Heavy weight Patrick Irish takes down his opponent from Capital. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
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