Competitors Hall of Fame: Tim Ripley

Hall of Fame – 1988

Wrestling at 98 and 105 pounds Tim soon found he was well suited at 98 when he picked up four gold medals his freshman year in high school at Lexington. One of those golds was the coveted title at state in 1971, his first of three. Fired up as a returning state champion, he gathered five golds his sophomore year and finished a disappointing third at state but with an overall season record of 32-2 and the distingushed honor of being named Outstanding Wrestler at the Cozad Tournament. Proving that wrestlers may be down but not out Tim stormed into his junior year and carried off six first places with the prized one being the state gold at 119. His record that year was an impressive 30-0. Moving up to 126 pounds his senior year Tim pulled in five golds, and this third state title. His one loss that year came in the Albion Invitational at 119 which brought him a second place medal. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Cozad Invitational and took sixth place at 123 in the USWF National Junior Greco-Roman Tournament at Iowa City. With a four year record of 112-9 Tim signed a Big 8 Letter of Intent for UNL. Still active in wrestling he finds time to referee and help with the wrestling clubs in Sidney and Lexington. A special highlight for him was being chosen his junior year to travel with a team of top notch Nebraska wrestlers to South and Central America with the AAU.

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