The first single dual match of the season saw the visiting Cabell Midland Knights hand Ripley a 45-28 defeat.

The dual was staged inside the Ripley Middle School Gymnasium.

Ripley started strong by picking up victories in five of the first six matches. Brock Matson received a forfeit at 106 before Brett Haskins picked up a 3-0 win over Luke Jordan in the 113-pound showdown.

Viking Nate Cox followed with a 16-4 major decision over Bryson Potter.

After Ripleys Luke Miller dropped a 5-2 decision to Payne Salmons at 126, the Vikings recorded two more wins as Gage Cobb pinned Owen Bailey at 132 in the third period and Evan King at 138 made quick work of Nolan Collier with a first period pin in just 35 seconds.

Isaiah Vaughn pinned Ripley’s Eli Koontz in the 14-pound match before Ethan Koontz gave the Vikings another win at 152 with a 5-1 decision of Ki Taylor.

The win at 152, though, would prove to be Ripley’s last.

Matt Bailey and Nate Neale got pins over Nickali Parsons and Isaac Parsons, respectively, in the 160 and 170 matches. Isaiah Davis picked up a forfeit at 182.

Midland’s Gabe Savage pinned Austin Boggess at 195, Zach Dillon picked up a win over J.T. Horne at 22o and Kellen Hunt pinned Andrew Manley at 285.