Getting into Keegan Nordvold’s match on the sidelines are, front, from left, Lucas Scheier, Joe Kain, Ryan Cody, Brady Kissinger and assistant coach Ty Bradley.
Getting into Keegan Nordvold’s match on the sidelines are, front, from left, Lucas Scheier, Joe Kain, Ryan Cody, Brady Kissinger and assistant coach Ty Bradley.

   Keegan Nordvold is no stranger to wrestling someone who is around 60 pounds lighter than him.

   The Ripon High School junior  squares off with teammate Tucker Bender every day in practice.

   And all last week, Nordvold had been hitting a move against Bender.

   So when it came time for the heavyweight’s match with Berlin’s Adam Sobieski, who moved up from 220 to 285 pounds to face him, he knew exactly what to do.

   “We kind of chuckled when they put their guys under ours [to start the third period with the score tied at two],” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said. “He was giving up 60 pounds to us and at that point ... you saw Tucker Bender on the sideline, his practice partner, say, ‘Hey, do this. You’ve been hitting me in this all week long.’ And he did. He came over the top with that cradle and it was over.”

   The pin, which gave Ripon a 24-21 lead after eight of the 14 weight classes, sent the home crowd and the Tiger sideline into a frenzy.

   Ripon capitalized on the momentum from there, winning the next four weight classes to lock up the dual win. It did drop the final two matches — one of which was by forfeit — but still won 48-31.

Read the full story, which includes information on a big win by Kaden Keenlance, in the Jan. 11, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.