LeeRoy Cotton, left, stands on the podium after finishing second at the conference meet.
LeeRoy Cotton, left, stands on the podium after finishing second at the conference meet.

   The Ripon Tiger wrestling team came up short in its hopes to win conference titles in a couple
weight classes last week Saturday.

   But it wasn’t because the team overlooked the competition in any of its matches.

   In fact, it was quite the opposite.

   “I think we came up a little bit short in some of the matches, just giving our opponents a little bit too much respect, and [it] ultimately ended up costing us in those championship matches,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said.

   Falling short in the title matches for the Tigers at the East Central Conference meet, which took place in Campbellsport, were LeeRoy Cotton and Lucas Scheier.

   LeeRoy Cotton breezed to the championship match at 126 pounds, before falling to Campbellsport’s Roman Skorupa on a 4-1 decision. LeeRoy won his first match on a 7-0 decision over Winneconne’s Sonny Barone and his second on a 16-1 technical fall over Plymouth’s Cameron Fohr.

   “What I liked is his bottom stuff; there isn’t too many guys this season that can hold him down,” Lee Cotton said of his son, LeeRoy. “Getting off the bottom wasn’t really an issue for us. But going into that match, we knew that we had to wrestle on our feet there to score and it just came down to, I think, we just gave our opponent a little bit too much respect and didn’t go after those takedowns and didn’t set anything up for us to score. And that’s what cost us: we kind of ran out of time there.”

Read the full story, which includes information about all the Ripon wrestlers, in the Feb. 13, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.