Only two North Dakotans remain after day one of Cadet Freestyle, and both are Bismarck Demons. 2X state champion Ryan Ripplinger and state finalist Chase Dockter both finished their sophomore season at Bismarck High this spring, and both now find themselves in the quarterfinals at Cadet nationals in Fargo needing only one more victory to attain All American status.
Ripplinger, who was an All American in the Cadet Greco Roman division last year, won four matches to make the round if eight. None crazier than his come from behind victory over Pennsylvania’s Colton Comacho. Down five points with only :30 left on the clock, Ripplinger scored a four point feet to back move and turn from top to take a 12-11 victory. In the next round, Ripplinger scored a quick fall over Dregen Smith of Arkansas.
Chase Dockter scored two workmanlike wins over strong opponents to make the quarterfinals in the 285 pound bracket. Dockter defeated Iowa’s Josh Vis 8-8 on criteria before grinding out a 3-2 win over Missouri’s Landon Porter De Soto.
The Cadet tournament, along with the beginning of Junior Freestyle, will continue tomorrow morning starting at 9:00.
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF 16
126 Ryan Ripplinger Bismarck, ND (North Dakota) VFA Dregen Smith Mayflower, AR (Arkansas), 4-1 0:19
195 Konner Doucet Comanche, OK (Oklahoma) VSU Jacob Boehm Mandan, ND (North Dakota), 10-0 2:00
285 Chase Dockter Bismarck, ND (North Dakota) VPO1 Landon Porter De Soto, MO (Missouri), 3-2
CONSOLATION OF 32 #2
106 Andrew Fallon Fall River, MA (Rhode Island) VSU Kelby Armstrong Minot, ND (North Dakota), 10-0 3:41
145 Carlitos Campos Yakima, WA (Washington) VFA Kolten Reisenauer Mandan, ND (North Dakota), 8-0 3:00
152 Kolbe Booker Moorhead, MN (North Dakota) VSU1 Noah Braun Jamestown, ND (North Dakota), 16-6 2:38
CONSOLATION of 16 #1
152 Kolbe Booker Moorhead, MN (North Dakota) VSU1 Louis Rojas Downey, CA (California), 16-5 4:15
CONSOLATION of 16 #2
152 Jace Rhodes Billings, MT (Montana) VSU Kolbe Booker Moorhead, MN (North Dakota), 10-0 0:27
195 Cody Fisher Madrid, IA (Iowa) VSU Jacob Boehm Mandan, ND (North Dakota), 10-0 1:01