Keegan Nordvold grabs the leg of his Chilton/Hilbert’s Jacob Gehl. Nordvold won by a third-period pin.
Keegan Nordvold grabs the leg of his Chilton/Hilbert’s Jacob Gehl. Nordvold won by a third-period pin.

   The Ripon Tiger wrestling team wasn’t at full strength last week Saturday at the Lomira Duals.

   But that didn’t stop it from putting up a good fight.

   The Tigers, who had to forfeit four weight class due to injuries and illnesses, finished the day 1-4.

   They defeated Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon 42-39 in their second-to-last dual of the competition, while dropping bouts to West Allis Nathan Hale 46-18, Chilton/Hilbert 60-15, Cedar Grove-
Belgium 43-27 and Lomira 48-36.

   “Even though we got off to a rough start and got banged around a little bit at the beginning of the duals, we finished up strong,”

   Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said. “The kids never stopped fighting and never stopped trying to win, which is exactly one thing that we’ve really emphasized.”

   Lee Cotton was especially pleased with how Ripon ended the day, which was the loss to Lomira.

   It won the contested matches 36-24, but came up on the short end of the dual due to the forfeits.

   “That was a good note to end on,” Lee Cotton said. “... I think all of our wins were pins ... and I couldn’t be happier with the way those kids stuck in there. If you’ve got kids that get off to a rough start like that, it’s easy for any athlete just to roll over and admit defeat, and these guys didn’t. They actually got stronger as the day went on and decided that they weren’t going to settle for that. And even the kids who struggled did not give up.”

Read the full story, which includes information on a non-conference dual win over Menasha, in the Dec. 7, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.