Congratulations to Luis Gonzalez on winning this years state championships at 113lbs. Luis was 4th last year and runner-up as a freshman. Below is the video and article from the Star Ledger:
Luis Gonzalez (Don Bosco Prep) vs Kevin Corrigan (Toms River South)
Luis Gonzalez of Don Bosco Prep Wins 113lbs State Championship
Don Bosco Prep coach Chris Bitetto stressed to his wrestlers that many state tournament bouts are decided in the final seconds.
With Luis Gonzalez, it appeared that mantra would hold true. And while clinging to a late one-point lead, Gonzalez didn’t relinquish that edge.
Gonzalez fought off several takedown attempts in the closing minute and held on to win the 113-pound state championship, 5-4, against Kevin Corrigan of Toms River South at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Through the tournament, Gonzalez (36-2) used the third period as a time for aggression, as he won with three third-period pins to advance to the final. But on the biggest stage, he relied on defense to carry him.
“This year, I know I can get in those situations, I really try to practice that now,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been practicing since the end of last year. I’ve been traveling and trying to get in those situations so it pays off in matches like this.”
Gonzalez took an early lead with a first period takedown, but following an escape and a scramble, Corrigan (39-2) secured a late takedown to take a 3-2 lead to the second.
In the second period, Gonzalez quickly rebounded with and escape and another takedown of his own for a 5-2 lead. By battling back in his last match, Bitetto said it summed up how the course of Gonzalez’s season went.
“His goal all year long was to be a state champion,” the coach said. “He pushed, and he fought. And I think because he was hurt early in the year and really had to fight and scratch out a lot of wins, it really helped him out in this match.”
A pair of Corrigan escapes in the second and third brought the bout to 5-4, but Gonzalez’s defense took over to maintain the lead.
Gonzalez said he felt nervous leading up to the match, but it disappeared when he stepped on the mat. In his third trip to the state tournament, Gonzalez said it was unbelievable winning a title following a fourth place in the state at 113 last season and a second at 103 in 2011. Both of those state placements came at his former school, North Bergen.
“It does (feel good), to finally get it done,” he said. “It was heartbreaking the last two years.”