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Lincoln-Way East’s Jake LaMonto slams Lockport’s Andrew Blackburn-Forst during the 195-pound championship match at the Lockport Regional on Saturday, Feb. 8. LaMonto won 12-8. JULIE MCMANN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Steve Millar, Sports Editor
11:28 pm CST February 9, 2020

Lincoln-Way East senior Jake LaMonto hoped for another shot at Lockport’s Andrew Blackburn-Forst.

When the two met in the 195-pound championship match at the Tom Lahey Invitational on Jan. 25, LaMonto jumped out to a big early lead, but Blackburn-Forst battled back and pinned him.

Two weeks later, they met again in the finals at the Class 3A Lockport Regional on Saturday, Feb. 8.

“The entire week, I focused a lot of my game plan specifically for him,” LaMonto said. “When I was down, I just knew I had to come back. There were no excuses at this point.