Scary situation with Wagner overshadows Ripon soccer team’s win

The Ripon High School boys’ soccer team defeated Kewaskum 1-0 Tuesday at Ingalls Field.

But that was the last thing anyone was focused on.

Ferdie Wagner collapsed in the 34th minute and had to be transported via ambulance to the Ripon Medical Center.

He was later airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Madison. For more information, click the link on the bottom of the page.

The decision then was made not to resume the game.

“With the severity of the situation, [Kewaskum’s] coach and I just got together and made the agreement, which he actually proposed, counting it as a full match and not worrying about any further replay,” Ripon head coach Kyle Sackett said. “I greatly appreciate that he was very understanding of the whole situation and that was pretty much the decision process and then we just had to talk to the officials about it.”

Before the scary situation involving Wagner, Sackett was impressed with the performance put on by the Tigers.

“The players came out with a great attitude after a tough loss last Friday at Fond du Lac, which we knew was going to be a tough match going in against a Division 1 opponent and with us trying some new players in different positions,” the Ripon coach said. “So coming into this game, we were focusing on the mentality of the team, picking up the communication … and trying to find that team mentality, team identity that the boys can create.”

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to Fond du Lac, in the Sept. 14, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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