A mistake in the second round cost Joe Kain a match at the annual On the Water Classic last weekend.

   He didn’t let it prevent him, however, from receiving a medal.

   The Ripon High School senior bounced back from losing a match by injury default after he accidentally slammed an opponent too hard to finish ninth out of 41 wrestlers in the 182-pound weight class.

   He posted a 7-2 record during the two-day tournament, which was held in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Kolf Center.

   “It was awesome,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said of the finish. “I know Joe with that injury default in his second match, he didn’t let it get to him. He just came back and knew he had a long road ahead of him to get into the medal round and he definitely went for it. It didn’t take him out of the tournament, which is big.”

   Kain’s other loss came in consolation round six, where he was pinned by Slinger’s Timothy Gehring early in the second period.

   “Slinger is a really tough team,” Lee Cotton said. “You go up against a team like that that has the numbers that they do, you’re always going to be in for a good match. And getting caught in a move and getting pinned is just part of it. I think Joe can hang with that guy any day, but just that match and at that time, it just didn’t work out for him.”

   He responded by winning his next two matches — one by disqualification and the second on a 3-1 decision — to place ninth.

   Kain was the highest finisher of five Tigers competing at the meet.

Read the full story, which includes information about how the other wrestlers fared, in the Jan. 3, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.