Brady Kissinger, right, works to break down Berlin’s Brady Wagner during his 182-pound match. Kissinger avenged a loss to Wagner last year with a 7-0 decision.
Brady Kissinger, right, works to break down Berlin’s Brady Wagner during his 182-pound match. Kissinger avenged a loss to Wagner last year with a 7-0 decision.

   The Ripon High School wrestling team entered last week Friday’s dual knowing it was at a disadvantage due to the size of its team.

   That didn’t stop its wrestlers from giving their best efforts against rival Berlin.

   The Tigers out-scored the Indians 27-9 in seven contested matches, but fell 45-27 at home as a result of six forfeits.

   “When they’ve got the opportunity to shine and they go out there and do it, that makes all the difference in the world and that’s what is keeping these guys going this year,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said.

   A couple of the wrestlers for the Tigers had extra motivation following losses to Berlin last season.
Lucas Scheier avenged a defeat to C.J. Kurczek in the conference championship match at 220 pounds last year, while Brady

   Kissinger redeemed himself after a loss to Brady Wagner in the 160-pound bracket at regionals that prevented him from advancing to sectionals.

   Scheier, who was pinned by Kurczek in the final seconds of the second period a year ago, turned the tables as he scored a pin 27 seconds into the second period.

Read the full story, which includes information about the rest of Ripon's wrestlers, see the Jan. 9, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.