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It’s one thing to scale the mountain. It’s another to stay there.

Griffin Gonzalez was a champion. Now he’s a two-time champion.

On Saturday at Manheim Township High School, Gonzalez captured his second straight Lancaster-Lebanon League weight class championship. And the Lebanon sophomore did it with style, by being named the event’s Outstanding Wrestler.

Gonzalez captured the 138-pound title with a 14-2 major decision of Conestoga Valley’s Keaton Fischer in the final bout. Gonzalez opened a 5-0 lead after the first period, then outscored Fischer 6-2 in the middle stanza.

Gonzalez had reached the championship bout with a similar 17-4 major decision over Elco’s Trenton Brubaker in the semifinals. Gonzalez began his tournament by decking Dylan Demsky of Octorara in the first period.

With his performance at the L-L league tournament, Gonzalez upped his overall record to 26-1. Gonzalez showing in the event bodes well for his postseason chances moving forward.

  • Jeff Falk

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