Ryan Cody walks through a tunnel of classmates during a send-off last week Thursday as the Ripon High School band follows him to the van he took to the state tournament in Madison.
Ryan Cody walks through a tunnel of classmates during a send-off last week Thursday as the Ripon High School band follows him to the van he took to the state tournament in Madison.

   With around 20 seconds left in the third period and needing a takedown to tie the match at two, Ryan Cody took a desperation shot.

   Unfortunately, the Ripon High School senior was unable to connect as he was taken down himself.

   The result was a 4-0 loss to Viroqua’s Ryan Hannah in the first round of the state wrestling championships, which took place last week Thursday to Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

   It marked the second-straight year that Cody fell in the first round of the tournament as he dropped a 7-0 decision last season.

   Despite him coming up just short, Ripon head coach Lee Cotton was proud of his performance.

   Hannah went on to finish in third place in the 145-pound weight class. This comes after the senior won the state title at 138 pounds last season and finished second at 132 pounds as a sophomore.

   “Ryan came out, had a game plan and ended up in the positions he had practiced for and where we thought we would be,” Lee Cotton said. “He just didn’t get an opportunity to score in those spots. Even though the score might not show it, he was in it the whole time.”

Read the full story, which includes information on how the match played out, in the March 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.