A pair of local wrestlers went 3-0 last Saturday at the Trojan Wars, a prestigious wrestling tournament held annually at Millington Central High School.
Essex Ramsey, a senior at Brighton High School, and Tyler Brown, a junior at Munford, swept through some stiff competition and won their final matches in dramatic fashion.
Both wrestle for Brighton High School, which co-ops with Munford because there is no wrestling program at the school.
“The Trojan Wars is a team tournament,” said BHS coach Larrick Johnson. “Unfortunately we have only five wrestlers out of 14 weight classes this year. That said, the goal individually is to go undefeated going into Christmas break.”
Brighton matched up against Collierville, traditionally one of the top programs in the state, in the final round Saturday.
Brown, who wrestles in the 126-pound class, defeated Mitchell Nguyen with a take down 15 seconds into overtime to break a 5-5 tie. Brown trailed 2-1 after one period before taking a 5-4 lead heading into the third and final period. Nguyen tied the match in the final seconds of the third period.
“That was a huge win for Tyler,” Johnson said. “Mitchell is a quality wrestler. Tyler has been wrestling well so far this season.”
At 182 pounds, Ramsey faced a familiar opponent in Cameron Tarver.
“I have wrestled Cameron off and on since eighth grade,” said Ramsey.
In another tight match it was Ramsey up 6-3 at the end of the first period, with Tarver scoring twice in the second period to tie it up at 7-7 going in to the third. Tarver scored an escape to take the lead 8-7 late in the period.
Ramsey responded with a takedown and pin with only 16 seconds left on the clock.
“Essex wrestled really well today,” Johnson said. “These are the types of matches you have to win if you plan on placing at state.”
Brighton started the day against Southwind, where Brown pinned John Knight in the second period at the three-minute mark.
Ramsey, a two-time state qualifier, pinned Kendarious Perry at 1:05 in the first period.
“Essex went 2-2 at state and finished in the top 16,” Johnson said. “He is working hard to get on the podium this year.”
In the second round the Brighton wrestlers continued their winning ways, with Brown pinning Edward Miller of St. George's in the first period at 1:05 and Ramsey scoring a major decision by defeating Christopher Hollis 18-8.
Also wrestling for Brighton were freshmen Zachary Barbee (145 pounds), Trevor Archer (195) and Masin Eddington (220).
Brighton returns to action today at Fayette Academy in a tri-match that will include Millington.