Alex Button uses his legs as leverage as he looks to pin his opponent at Weyauwega-Fremont’s Akey Duals last week Saturday.
Alex Button uses his legs as leverage as he looks to pin his opponent at Weyauwega-Fremont’s Akey Duals last week Saturday.

   It was deja vu for the Ripon High School wrestling team last week Saturday at the Akey Duals.

   For the second-straight week, it got off to a rough start at a tournament before showing signs of life late and finishing 1-4 overall.

   The Tigers beat North Fond du Lac/St. Mary’s Springs 78-66 for their only victory, while falling to Chilton/Hilbert 54-27, Seymour 45-33, Waupaca 42-40 and host Weyauwega-Fremont 57-24.

   They also finished 1-4 at the Lomira Duals a week earlier.

   “We just got off to a slow start again and that’s something that we’re going to work on addressing in the upcoming weeks. The guys just don’t give up; they keep bringing it in every dual,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said.

   He added the Tigers showed improvement from a week earlier, which was especially evident in the dual against Chilton/Hilbert.

“We went against those guys two weeks in a row and we won some matches in there that we didn’t win last week,” Lee Cotton said. “The guys aren’t going to back down; they’re going to do the work.”

   Ripon lost just 54-27 to Chilton/Hilbert this past week after getting shellacked 60-15 a week earlier.

Read the full story, which includes information on a forfeit-filled win over Waupun, in the Dec. 14, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.