The Ripon Tiger wrestling team got off to a rough start last week Saturday at the Laconia Invitational.

   It dropped its first dual 47-31 to a Chilton team it already defeated once earlier this season.

   But the Tigers didn’t dwell on the loss as they went on to win their final four duals en route to a 4-1 record and second-place finish.

   “We had a couple of bad matches in a tough dual with Chilton,” Ripon head coach Jared Esala said. “Other than those couple of matches, we wrestled tough throughout the day. Chilton is a tough team.”

   Three of the four wins for the Tigers weren’t even close as they defeated Edgerton 63-18, Plymouth 57-14 and Onalaska 63-15.

   Ripon’s only victory that came in somewhat of a tight dual was a 45-31 win against host Laconia.

   In that match, the Tigers won just five of 11 contested weight classes, but benefited from three forfeits.

   The forfeits, along with a win by Tucker Bender (220-pound weight class) on an injury default and a pin from Zach Beck (113), helped them jump out to a 30-6 lead and they cruised from there.

Read the full story, which includes information on a tough loss to Campbellsport and what it means for the conference picture, in the Feb. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.