HS Wrestling: Ripplinger ripping up the mat

Bismarck High junior Ryan Ripplinger has been hitting the mat for as long as he can remember.

"My dad put shoes on me when I was three," Ripplinger sad. "It's always been my life."

The years he's committed have paid off. Ripplinger has won state in his first two years of high school, and he was a state finalist as an eighth grader.

To get to that level of success, Ripplinger says he trains year-round.

"I come in here, wrestle," Ripplinger said. "I'll do some camps in Minnesota, junior duals, camps, junior freestyle national camps. Always trying to compete, always trying to get on the mat and get better."

He'll train every day at six in the morning, and he says that devoted lifestyle will pay off even after his wrestling days are done.

"You learn so many things about discipline and mental toughness, and stuff you bring on to future jobs. You could succeed through life because of wrestling," Ripplinger said.

Ripplinger hopes to wrestle at a Division I college, but at the moment, he's got his eyes set on more state championships.

"We're together as a family," Ripplinger said. "I think we're going to be--we're in the running for a state title. Two state titles this year."

Ripplinger finished second in his weight class at the Mandan Lions Tournament. Bismarck took first place as a team. Next up, the Demons travel to Jamestown this Thursday at 7 p.m.


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