By: Emily Goode
Ripley High School is well known for our wrestlers. We have had at least four state champions and thirteen state qualifiers. The 2011 school year held our only four time state champion, Adam Bicak. Bicak left last year, but carried on his victories to Harvard University, where he now attends.
There are many young men returning this year. There are also new people standing up to the title of a Ripley Viking Wrestler. For instance, Connor Putillion joined the team this year. The guys have two coaches this year. Their main coach is Matt Smith how has been coaching this group of guys for many years. The assistant coach is Franklin Howerton who has also coached before. They both plan to coach for years to come.
The team is already being together for the season. Try-outs were held on the week of November 10. The team’s first home match is December 21 at 5 p.m. They have six home duals this year so the student body will have multiple opportunities to come out and support them.