Jack Wojahn wraps up Lucas Scheier during a drill on the first day of practice.
Jack Wojahn wraps up Lucas Scheier during a drill on the first day of practice.

   The Ripon Tiger wrestling team may not have the strength in numbers it has enjoyed in past years.

   But it does feature a good share of experience and leadership.

   The Tigers welcome back five wrestlers who will be entering at least their third high school season, including LeeRoy Cotton, Ethan Zache, Alex Button, Brady Kissinger and Lucas Scheier.

   They have served as mentors in practice to the five newcomers, four of whom also are upperclassmen.

   “I’ve seen that our experienced guys have stepped up and really helped out the [new] guys, trying to get them up to speed with what’s going on,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said, noting it is nothing unexpected from the team leaders.

   The coaching from the returning wrestlers is a welcome sight for Lee Cotton as the Tigers lack the depth they’ve had in past seasons.

   With just 10 wrestlers, Ripon will need many of the newcomers to make an impact this year — and even then it likely will forfeit four or five weight classes each meet.

   Because of that lack of depth and some inexperience, the focus this year for the Tigers will be more on individual accomplishments.

Read the full story, which includes information on the returners and newcomers, in the Dec. 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.