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Ripon freshman Julianna Triplett places at nationals

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POSTED March 31, 2009 5:02 a.m.
Julianna Triplett debuted in her first all-girls wrestling tournament in the Sac-Joaquin Section Wrestling Invitational Feb. 7 at Stockton’s McNair High, earning the championship at 167 pounds.

With the prep season over, the Ripon High freshman has continued to build on her resume.

After dominating the Folkstyle State tournament at a bigger weight class, 185, in Fresno, Triplett placed fifth at the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle National Championships held at Oklahoma City University’s Freede Center this past weekend.

Triplett pinned Brenda Robles in 5 minutes, 42 seconds in the 165-pound fifth-place match, capping a big comeback after losing her first and third bouts. She won her other two matches by fall.

“She tends to overpower the girls she wrestlers at her weight,” Ripon High head coach Glen White said. “She’s pretty good skill-wise, but she still has a lot to learn.

“Doing what she’s done at her age is pretty impressive against high school girls, and I assume she’ll be doing a lot more in the future.”

Manteca Grapplers Club

In Turlock, the first-year Manteca Grapplers Club turned in strong performances in the San Joaquin Wrestling Association Tournament Saturday at Pitman High.

Evan Sharp and Sean Cerveny came away with second-place medals. Charlie Alvitre finished third.

“We’re looking at bringing home more medals as the team develops their learning of the different styles of wrestling,” head coach John Vazquez said. “We also expect to have a few more young wrestlers compete next Saturday in Turlock.”

— Jonamar Jacinto

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