Ryan Cody, front row, middle, celebrates picking up his 100th win with teammates. Pictured are, front row, from left, Ethan Kovalaske, Brady Kissinger, Cody, Joe Kain, Austin Lammers; second row, Lili Alderson, Teagn Foth, LeeRoy Cotton; third row, Eric Wipijewski, Alex Button, Adler Keenlance, Kaden Keenlance; and back row, Keegan Nordvold.
Ryan Cody, front row, middle, celebrates picking up his 100th win with teammates. Pictured are, front row, from left, Ethan Kovalaske, Brady Kissinger, Cody, Joe Kain, Austin Lammers; second row, Lili Alderson, Teagn Foth, LeeRoy Cotton; third row, Eric Wipijewski, Alex Button, Adler Keenlance, Kaden Keenlance; and back row, Keegan Nordvold.

   The Ripon High School wrestling team got off to a good start last week Saturday at the Cutler Classic Invitational in New London.

   But it couldn’t maintain it.

    Despite struggling toward the end of the day, it still placed fourth out of 13 teams with 157.5 points.

   Pulaski won the tournament with 251.5 points and was followed by Weyauwega-Fremont (188.5), Coleman (183), Ripon (157.5), New London (157), Oshkosh North (129), Princeton (109.5), Wabeno/Laona (77), Waupaca (74),
Southern Door (70), Dodgeland (62.5), Sturgeon Bay (50), Appleton East (48) and Menasha (48).

   “We got off to a really good start early in the tournament. We had a few guys make it into the finals, which was great,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said, adding the team struggled later. “... I don’t know if it was just the length of the tournament or the guys kind of lost focus a little bit, but we are looking to improve in these longer tournament in our later matches for sure.”

   Advancing to the finals for the Tigers to lead them in scoring were Brady Kissinger (160-pound weight class), Austin Lammers (190) and Tucker Bender (220).

   All three of them lost their first-place match to finish second.

   “Those guys really stepped up and came through with some big wins throughout the day and were instrumental in how we finished,” Lee Cotton said. “We had a few other guys that did well also.”

Read the full story, which includes information on a milestone victory for Ryan Cody, in the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.