For Brighton High School senior wrestler Essex Ramsey, the Trojan Invitational held last Saturday in Millington was not just another tournament.
“This was my last time wrestling here and I’ve come up short, placing second the last two years, losing in the finals to Millington wrestlers” said Ramsey.
“He really came into this tournament focused," said coach Larrick Johnson.
Ramsey defeated Nick Pope of Briarcrest in the finals, 14-11, to claim the title.
He opened the tournament by pinning Josh Dixon from Memphis University School in the first period in 1:24, received a forfeit in the quarterfinals and pinned Jake Lindon from St Georges in the second period (3:51) of the semifinals.
“Nick beat Essex in a close finals last year at the Briarcrest Tournament," said Johnson.
“I had to work on my mental game after that loss last year,” said Ramsey. “I’ve worked really hard to get to this level. This will help me as I get ready for the region and state tournaments."
Tyler Brown, a junior wrestler who attends Munford High School but wrestles for Brighton, also had a good tournament, placing second in his first Trojan Invitational.
Brown opened the day with a pin over Baylor Herring of Briarcrest in 1:00 in the first round. In the quarterfinals he pinned Jeremiah Dean of East High School, also in the first period in 1:27.
In the semifinals Brown continued his pinning ways by pinning Chase Moncier of Millington Central in 1:28. “Tyler was on a roll and wrestled well," said Johnson.
In the finals with the score 4-1 in the second period, Brown made a mistake and was pinned at the 2.48 mark.
The Cardinals wrestle at the Briarcrest Dawg Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.