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Braiden Ruffin of North Platte High School and Cameron Riggs of North Platte St. Pat's repeated as state champions on Saturday in the weight classes they won state titles last year.

Riggs, who is 141-0 in his career, won his third state championship by technical fall with a score of 16-1 over Andrew Herley of Neligh-Oakdale in the Class D finals at 132 pounds. In his junior season, Riggs collected 50 wins.

Riggs said he didn't do anything in the finals he doesn't do in any other match. He just took control right away.

"I told myself I was going to wrestle my match and just do what I do," he said.

Last year, Riggs won state at 132 in similarly dominant fashion by beating Connor Doncheski of Palmer, 17-5.

As a freshman in 2015, Riggs won his first state championship at 113 pounds.

Riggs is already thinking about next year when he'll try to finish his career with another championship and finish with an unblemished record.

"It's good to know I have one more year left, I'm not looking to the past," Riggs said. "I'm gonna make history and everybody's going to watch me do it."

Ruffin, also a junior, won the Class A state title at 170 pounds by pinning Braden Trimble of Millard South with eight seconds left in the second period of the finals.

Ruffin opened the match by getting the first two points with a takedown and he led 6-3 at the end of the first period.

In the second period, Ruffin began to run away with it by extending the lead to 10-4. But he didn't leave anything to chance, he got Trimble on his back near the end of the second and finished it off by getting the pin.

"I just knew if I came out and do what I do, no one in my weight class could keep up and that's what I did in the finals," Ruffin said.

Ruffin was pleased with winning state last year but he still felt he was capable of wrestling better and now a year and another state title later, Ruffin said that the biggest change is he was more confident in taking more chances on the mat.

"I was way more aggressive than I was last year," he said.

In the lobby of North Platte High School, several spectators for the Bulldogs' basketball game against Lincoln Southwest huddled near one of the monitors to watch the match, including NPHS boys' basketball players getting ready to take the floor for their game. Cheers were made when Ruffin got the pin.

 Ruffin finishes the season with a record of 34-2. 

Last year at 170, Ruffin defeated Isaac Odell of Lincoln East, 10-5, to win his first state title.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/18/2017
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