Ripplinger, Lloyd, Glazier, Cassioppi among champs at JJ Classic

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Ryan Ripplinger, a two-time state champion, came to Rochester with unfinished business. Last year he failed to reach the finals of the finals of the InterMat JJ Classic in Rochester, losing in the semifinals by a point and placing third. Two months later, he dropped two matches at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament to place fifth.

This year at the JJ Classic he left no doubt, cruising to the title at 126 pounds on Saturday. After picking up two technical falls and a fall to reach the quarterfinals, Ripplinger shut out two-time undefeated state champion Hunter Burnett (Pipestone, Minn.) 6-0 in the semifinals. He carried the momentum to his finals match, pinning Reid Ballantyne (Stillwater, Minn.), a returning JJ Classic champion and undefeated state champion. Ripplinger was named Outstanding Wrestler of the event. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

Five storylines to watch at JJ Classic

The 2017 InterMat JJ Classic takes place on Saturday at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minn. The preseason high school wrestling event will be streamed live on Trackcast. Action begins at 10 a.m. CT.  The JJ Classic Clinic will be held on Saturday morning prior to the start of the event, with Mark Hall and Brady Berge serving as counselors. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com

JJ Classic Clinic set for October 21st at 8:30 am

The 2017 JJ Classic Clinic is set for Saturday, Oct. 21, in Rochester, Minn. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the UCR Regional Sports Center before the JJ Classic, which begins at 10 a.m.

The JJ Classic Clinic is open to wrestlers ages 5-18 who attend the JJ Classic ($7 admission) or compete in the event. There is no pre-registration. Doors open at 8 a.m. Continue reading