Joe Kain holds the 182-pound bracket, which he won, as well as the MVP Trophy he received at the Markesan Hornet Invitational last week Saturday.
Joe Kain holds the 182-pound bracket, which he won, as well as the MVP Trophy he received at the Markesan Hornet Invitational last week Saturday.

   The Ripon High School wrestling team picked a good time to have one of its better showings of the season last week Saturday.

   With two weeks until the conference tournament, it placed third out of nine teams at the Markesan Hornet Invitational with 148 points and had eight of its 10 wrestlers place.

   Tomahawk won the competition with 208 points, while Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards placed second at the meet with 184 points.

   Ripon finished ahead of Omro (136.5), Markesan (124.5), Winnebago Lutheran Academy (106), Cambria-Friesland/Fall River/Pardeeville/Randolph/Rio (41), Xavier (40) and Columbus (0).

   “I was happy with the guys and their aggressiveness early in the meet,” Ripon head coach Lee Cotton said, noting they carried that over throughout the day. “... It’s nice to see them coming into themselves at this time of the season.”

   No one was more assertive for the Tigers than Joe Kain.

   The senior picked up two first-period pins and a 14-2 major decision to win the 182-pound weight class with a 3-0 record. He also was named the meet’s MVP.

Read the full story, which includes information about other wrestlers, in the Jan. 24, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.