The conference wrestling meet last week Saturday was truly a team effort — even if only five Tigers participated.

While the decision was made to rest a number of the athletes in preparation for regionals, they still all made the trip, and provided a boost to their teammates.

This was never more evident than in a match by Ripon wrestler Tyler Bass.

A second-year wrestler, Bass had yet to record a varsity win and found himself in a dogfight with a Clintonville opponent. His Ripon teammates came out of the stands to the edge of the mat to cheer him on.

The extra effort worked, as Bass notched his first win in a 10-7 decision.

“[His teammates] were yelling and cheering him on — they knew he was close to winning his first match,” coach Mark Bradley said. “The team reaction set the tone for the rest of the day and how we wrestled.”

Read the full story in the Feb. 10, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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