Ethan Kovalaske, top, makes quick work of his opponent as he turns him onto his back to pick up a pin 26 seconds into the match.
Ethan Kovalaske, top, makes quick work of his opponent as he turns him onto his back to pick up a pin 26 seconds into the match.

   Fourteen weight classes weren’t enough to determine a winner between the Ripon and Plymouth wrestling teams last week Friday.

   Neither were the first seven tie-breaking criteria put in place
by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS).

   It wasn’t until the eighth one, or letter H (see criteria below), that the Ripon Tigers were able to defeat the host Panthers.

   The criteria states “the team having the greater number (total match points) of first-point(s) scored shall be declared the winner.”

   The dual was deadlocked at 36 to force the tie-breaking procedure.

   “It took awhile for the refs to sort that out; that got pretty deep,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said, adding he was confident his team won. “We felt that on criteria that we had beat them from what we had saw. We had looked it up in the rule book already and we were keeping score. So we were confident as coaches that we did win the match, but it was nice to hear it announced that we had won.”

   The criteria would not have even been needed if it wasn’t for Ripon’s Joe Kain. The junior recorded a pin in the dual’s final weight class (170) to tie the score.

Read the full story, which includes a run through of the matches, in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.