Ripplinger Second at Cadet Greco

Bismarck’s Ryan Ripplinger came one win short of a Greco national championship Friday afternoon, falling to Oklahoma’s Reece Witcraft 15-4.  Ripplinger got behind 4-0 early, but responded with a beautiful hip toss to knot the score at 4.  From there it was all Witcraft.   Witcraft worked another takedown and and upshot to make the score 7-4 and then went big, scoring another takedown and five point belly-to-back to end the match 14-4.  The North Dakota corner challenged whether Ripplinger exposed on the five point maneuver, but officials upheld their call to make the final score 15-4.

Ripplinger made quick work of his semifinal opponent in the first session Friday morning, throwing a fabulous headlock and pinning Joshua Jones of Pennsylvania in 1:13.  The achievement also gives him Fargo Double All American status.  Ripplinger was seventh in the Freestyle portion of the tournament earlier this week.

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