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MALHEUR MOVERS: For the love of sports – and kids

Javier Gonzalez. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

VALE – When Javier Gonzalez was 8, the Ontario high school wrestling coach walked up to him, gripped his hand firmly and looked him in the eyes.

“You’re pretty good,” Charlie Anthony told him. “Keep it up. You’re going to wrestle for me someday.” 

And he was right. By the time Gonzalez was in middle school, Anthony had become his wrestling coach, and he also ended up being his godfather through the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Ontario. 

As Gonzalez grew up, his passion for wrestling increased, and Anthony told Gonzalez, “you’ll be a state champ sometime.” 

Again, the coach was right. 

Gonzalez went on to be a two-time prep state champion. 

“He was my . . .