South’s Rippeto signs with W.Va. Wesleyan

PARKERSBURG -He recently won the Class AAA state championship in the discus and was the runner-up in the shot put.

He’s been a key member of a basketball team that has made two straight state tournament appearances.

When he’s not playing sports, he’s concentrating on his studies, as he carries a 3.7 grade point average in the classroom.

There isn’t much Dylon Rippeto hasn’t accomplished during his time at Parkersburg South High School.

With that time coming to an end, Rippeto announced on Monday that he would be spending his next four years at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he will be a member of the track and field team and study exercise science, with the goal of eventually becoming an occupational therapist.

His signing culminates what has been a great senior year for Rippeto, who set Ohio Valley Athletic Conference records in both the discus (165 feet, 1 inch) and the shot put (50-11.5 inches), won the discus at the state track meet with a throw of 165-feet, 3 inches and just missed out from becoming a double state champion in the shot put.

“I worked so hard for four years to win states,” Rippeto said. “It finally paid off.”

Always goal-oriented, Rippeto already has his sights set on a new accomplishment. Before he leaves Buckhannon, he wants to represent West Virginia Wesleyan in the NCAA Track and Field Championship.

Rippeto plans to continue to throw both the shot put and the discus at Wesleyan, one of several schools that sought his services.

What won him over was not only a solid offer from the school, but also the coaching staff, consisting of head coach Jesse Skiles, who has led Wesleyan to 51 West Virginia Conference track and cross country titles, and his assistant Eric Myers.

“And I really liked the athletes there,” Rippeto said. “They were nice and easy to get along with.”

Which also describes the relationships he fostered with his teammates in basketball and track at Parkersburg South.

“I’ve been playing sports with these guys since I was in the third grade,” Rippeto said.

Even before he began playing youth sports, Rippeto already was working on his athletic ability. He would spend hours in his family’s backyard practicing his throwing, using a girls discus until he got old and strong enough to handle a standard one. When he wasn’t doing that, he was working on his jump shot, which allowed him to become one of the top 3-point shooters in the state.

The son of Keith and Carla Rippeto credited the great support he receives from his parents.

“They’ve always had my back and been there for me,” he said. “My dad is the one who taught me sports and has been my coach.”

It’s always great when a plan works out. Dylon Rippeto’s plan was executed to perfection and the result was signing a letter-of-intent on Tuesday that will allow him to continue his athletic pursuits while gaining a college degree.