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Essex Ramsey wins one, loses two at state meet

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Brighton senior Essex Ramsey wrapped up a stellar high school wrestling career Thursday and Friday at the Class AAA Wrestling State Championships in Franklin. 

Appearing in the state meet for the third straight season, Ramsey won one match and lost two. 

"To win at this level you need a little luck," coach Larrick Johnson said, "and luck was not with us today."

Ramsey, who finished his season at 20-5 in the 170-pound weight class, lost to Josh Spangler (47-9) of Tennessee High School in the first round by pin. 

He came back in the consolation round to defeat Donovan Thomas of Ooltewah by pin at the 2:33 mark of the first round. 

Ramsey's tournament ended in a loss to Seymour's David Hamilton (33-8). The match was tied 7-7 in the second period before Hamilton came up with a pin in third. 

“I feel a number of factors worked against us late in the season," Johnson said. "Not making excuses, but he (Ramsey) was not 100 percent going into the tournament. We had a slight injury in mid-January that got worse as the season ended. That combined with four snow days (the wrestling room was shutdown) before the region tournament didn’t help. Those are the cards we were dealt. Essex did everything in his power to achieve his goals and we just came up short.”  

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