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January 3, 2013

To the Victor go the spoils

Triton's 120-pound senior records 100th victory

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Ramirez’s hard work paid dividends during his sophomore season at Triton. He remained at 103 pounds, posting a record of 39-8. He won a sectional title and was the runner-up at the Division 3 Championships. That season, Triton also collected a Division 3 dual-meet championship.

“It was a breakout year,” McElligott said. “I know he worked hard in the offseason before his sophomore year. He’s extremely technically sound, very quick and tough on his feet.”

Ramirez’s family moved from Salisbury to Haverhill after his sophomore year. Thanks to school choice, he was not forced to transfer schools. As a junior, Ramirez posted a record of 35-6 at 106 pounds, earning another sectional title.

He appeared primed for an outright state championship run before suffering a concussion in the semifinal at the Division 3 Championships. He had to opt out of that match and forfeit all future matches, dropping to sixth place by default.

“I have a huge chip on my shoulder,” Ramirez said. “Last year, I feel I had it taken from me, right out of my hands. I didn’t want to sit out, and I was really humbled by it. It motivated me to work harder, so that I’m that much more ready for it.”

Ramirez is up to 120 pounds this season, wrestling at a more comfortable weight after feeling weak at 106 pounds last season. He has logged a 13-3 record so far, and is also taking on more of a leadership role.

“Most of my conversations with Victor are about the team and making the team better,” McElligott said. “He wants to know what the other kids can be working on, what they can do to help the team. He focuses on academics around the younger kids. He’s still highly motivated on the mat, but what’s important to him is the whole team.”

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