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He’s off to a great start. His future is bright.

But perhaps most importantly, Griffin Gonzalez has a chance to change the culture of wrestling at Lebanon High School.

On Saturday at Manheim Township High School, during the completion of the 26th annual Lancaster-Lebanon League Wrestling Championships, Gonzalez became the new face of Cedar wrestling when he captured the championship of the 120-pound weight class. Gonzalez, an experienced freshman, nudged Jared Fulton of Solanco 6-2 in the finals.

Gonzalez had reached the championship bout with a 14-0 whitewashing of Garden Spot’s Jeremy Schilling in the semifinals, after edging Aiden Swann of Cocalico 4-3 a round earlier. Gonzalez opened his tournament with a major decision and a first-period fall.

The 5-0 weekend extended Gonzalez’s record in his first year of varsity competition to 25-1. It would be hard to imagine any wrestler in the history of Lebanon High School having a better start to his career.

In the upcoming weeks, Gonzalez will have his mettle further tested in the postseason tournaments of District Three.

  • Jeff Falk

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