Ripon High School head wrestling coach Jared Esala knew that his team could beat Little Chute.
The Tigers proved him right last week Saturday.
After being edged by the Mustangs in a dual match earlier this season, Ripon narrowly defeated them this time around with a third-place finish at the Cutler Classic.
It scored 6.5 more points than the Mustangs at the invitational, which took place in New London.
“Little Chute is a good team,” Esala said. “We came up just a little short in our dual meet with them, but were able to score more points than them in this tournament. We have made a couple small adjustments that made us the better team on Saturday. I believe we would beat them in a dual right now, but we don’t have that opportunity.”
Overall, the Tigers placed third out of the 11 teams at the competition with 159 total points.
It was their first time competing in the invitational, which was added by Esala to give them a higher level of competition.
Other schools in attendance were Coleman and Oshkosh North, who placed first and second, Oostburg, New London, Menasha, Waupaca, Weyauwega-Fremont, Appleton East and Sturgeon Bay.
“The team wrestled very well, especially in the early rounds of the tournament,” Esala said. “The team goal was to finish in the top three at the Cutler Classic and that was accomplished.”
Read the full story, which includes information on individual performances, in the Jan. 16, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.