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Ridge Ellis is state wrestling runner-up

1A State champion Austin Tolbert (right) of George Wythe High School and runner-up Ridge Ellis (left) of Middlesex High School.

by Larry Chowning

Middlesex High School senior George (Ridge) Ellis finished second in the 1A State 132-pound division wrestling tournament Friday at Salem. Ellis rallied from a 3-0 deficit, but lost 3-2 to Austin Tolbert of George Wythe High School in the finals.

Ellis is the first Charger grappler to win a runner-up spot in state competition.

The Chargers had four other wrestlers to finish fifth in their weight divisions in the championship tournament.

Middlesex Coach Joel Anderson said Ellis “wrestled fearlessly” in his attempt to reach his season goal of winning a state title.

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posted 02.25.2015

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