Fargo Day 1: Three Cadets Remain After First Day of Freestyle

Three Cadet North Dakotans remain alive after the first day of the USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco-Roman  National Championships in Fargo. New competitors will enter the fray when the Junior Division begins Sunday morning at 9:00 A.M.  Bismarck’s Clay Radenz advanced the farthest on the topside of the bracket, scoring three wins at 120 pounds…

USA Wrestling Junior Nationals: Team North Dakota Entries

Coming off a strong performance at Junior Duals last month, the North Dakota Junior National Team enters competition Sunday at the Fargodome featuring a stable of veterans prepared to make a run at All American status.  West Fargo four-time state champion Jared Franek enters his final Fargo as one of the most decorated North Dakotans…

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…

Bismarck Wrestlers Smith and Ripplinger Double Up in Fargo

Ryan Ripplinger and Sophie Smith will both leave the Fargodome with two All American plaques.  Ripplinger, a two time North Dakota state champion and soon-to-be Junior at Bismarck High School, was seventh in the Freestyle tournament earlier this week and now sits in the Greco-Roman semifinals set for Friday morning.  Sophie Smith is competing in…

Dockter 4th, Ripplinger 7th in Cadet Freestyle

With All American status achieved, all that remained was one match to determine final placing for Bismarck’s Chase Dockter and Ryan Ripplinger.  Ripplinger won a fireworks-filled seventh place match with Minnesota’s Charlie Pickell 24-13. Ripplinger dug himself an early 6 point hole, but scored those points right back-plus some-with a takedown and multiple trap arm…