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Nation's No. 5 junior high wrestler Franco registers for InterMat JJ Classic

Ryan Franco, the nation's No. 5 junior high wrestler, competes for Wrestling Prep

One of the nation's top junior high wrestlers has entered the 2016 InterMat JJ Classic: Ryan Franco (California). He will compete at 113 pounds.

Franco, who competes for Wrestling Prep, has won titles at the Reno Worlds in each of the last three years. This year he rolled to the title at 110 pounds in the 12 and under division with four pins and a major decision in his five matches. He was a California state freestyle champion this year.

Last month he claimed a title at Battle on the Midway in the Cadet division at 113 pounds.

This past spring, as a seventh-grader, Franco competed in the high school division of FloNationals and compiled a 5-2 record, finishing one match shy of placing at 106 pounds. He placed fourth at the Super 32 Challenge in the middle school division last year at 95 pounds.

Franco is currently ranked as the No. 5 junior high wrestler in the country by InterMat.

The 2016 InterMat JJ Classic takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22, in Rochester, Minnesota. For more information on the InterMat JJ Classic and to register, visit the event website.

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