Ripon fans erupt after Tucker Bender pinned Campbellsport’s Chris Zimdahl to capture the 220-pound weight class championship at the East Central Conference meet.
Ripon fans erupt after Tucker Bender pinned Campbellsport’s Chris Zimdahl to capture the 220-pound weight class championship at the East Central Conference meet.

   The Ripon Tiger wrestling team fell short of its goal of winning an East Central Conference championship last week Saturday.

   But it wasn’t for a lack of effort.

   A short-handed Tigers squad placed second out of seven teams at the conference meet in Waupun with 201.5 points. Campbellsport won the meet with 232 points.

   It marks the second-straight year that they were the runners-up to the Cougars.

   Kewaskum finished third with 170 points and was followed by Plymouth (146), Waupun (136), Berlin (106) and Winneconne (89).

   “Wrestling with a varsity wrestler out of the line-up didn’t help us,” Ripon head coach Jared Esala said, noting Hut Amend was out with an injury. “We also had a couple of matches that didn’t go our way on Saturday. There are tough teams in our conference, and we just didn’t win enough matches to win the tournament.”

  He added he was pleased with the Tigers’ desire to be victorious.

  “I was proud that we showed the will to win all of the matches we wrestled,” Esala said. “We lost a couple of close matches to some really tough competitors.”

Read the full story, which includes information on individual performances, in the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.