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Whittington wins state wrestling title

Within the tight-knit world of high school wrestling, most expected Rifle’s Ryan Whittington to win the Class 4A 171-pound state championship.

And he earned his first state title with ease Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Bear senior secured his gold medal from the opening whistle in the championship match against Valley’s Eddie Rodriquez, rolling to a 13-3 major decision.



Whittington amassed a 6-0 lead at the end of the first period, then kept adding points.

Rodriquez scored his first point midway into the second period after Whittington build up an 8-0 advantage.



Whittington finished the championship match by scoring three points in the final 20 seconds.

Likewise, Whittington zipped his way through the division. He needed a mere 3 minutes, 47 seconds to polish off his first two opponents, winning both matches at the State Tournament by pinfall.

Advancing to the championship semifinals, Whittington discovered Alamosa’s Max Smith was a little tougher.

Smith completed the match. But, he took a 17-1 thrashing to get there.

Whittington became Rifle’s 13th state wrestling champion. He is the first to run the table at the state tournament since Alfonso Alfini won the 215-pound title in 1999.

Whittington, also an all-conference football player, has signed to play football next season at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.


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