Keegan Nordvold lays on top of Travis Kuhnke of New London. He had Kuhnke in a pinning position, but couldn’t finish him off and ended up dropping the match.
Keegan Nordvold lays on top of Travis Kuhnke of New London. He had Kuhnke in a pinning position, but couldn’t finish him off and ended up dropping the match.

   Whenever Ryan Cody has fallen this year, he has jumped right back up and responded stronger.

   So it was only fitting that the Ripon High School senior qualified for the state wrestling tournament after losing his opening match last week Saturday at the Oconto Falls Division 2 Sectional.

   Cody was the only one out of eight Tigers who advanced. He will be making his second-straight appearance at the state tournament.

   Also competing at the sectional for Ripon were LeeRoy Cotton (106-pound weight class), Kaden Keenlance (120), Ethan Kovalaske (126), Brady Kissinger (160), Joe Kain (182), Tucker Bender (220) and Keegan Nordvold (285).

   “Ryan was able to reflect on the match that he lost and was able to make some adjustments that ultimately got him the wins that he needed to qualify for state,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said. “... I’m proud of him on what he did there.”

   Cody dropped his first match at 145 pounds on a 5-2 decision to Luxemburg Casco’s Colton Worachek, who ended up winning the sectional championship.

   He then bounced back to pin Freedom’s Grant Vosters at the 3-minute, 2-second mark and followed that up by winning an 8-2 decision over Peshtigo’s Max Rauch to qualify for the state meet.

Read the full story, which includes information on a few near misses, as well as a preview of the state tournament, in the Feb. 22, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.