Brady Kissinger works on Columbus’ Sean Roche. Kissinger won the match to win his weight class.
Brady Kissinger works on Columbus’ Sean Roche. Kissinger won the match to win his weight class.

   Coming off one of its worst showings of the year, the Ripon High School wrestling team bounced back last week Saturday at Markesan’s Hornet Invitational.

   It placed seven of its 14 wrestlers inside the top-three en route to a second-place finish out of 11 teams at the meet with 184 points.

    The Tigers were a couple days removed from a 43-30 loss to Campbellsport, in which they won just one match not by forfeit.

   Tomahawk took first with 221 points, while Berlin and Nekoosa placed third and fourth with 172 and 167.5 points, respectively.

   The rest of the teams in attendance include Omro (129.5), Sun Prairie (100), Winnebago Lutheran Academy (98), Columbus (95), Markesan (91), Kenosha St. Joseph (52) and Cambria-Friesland/Fall River/Pardeeville/Randolph (46).

   “The guys got fired up after taking that one on the chin against Campbellsport and they used that [to their advantage],” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said. “I could tell Friday that they were disappointed with themselves — maybe that they didn’t come out as hard as they could have — and it showed on Saturday. We came out [and] capitalized on a lot of matches.”

   Ripon also got off to a strong start, which has not always been the case for it this year at tournaments.

Read the full story, which includes information about some of the Red Hawks' top individual finishes, see the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.