Grippi was pinned by Aljamain Sterling from SUNY Cortland in 2:48 as he lost for the second time in the national event.
In his first season with the Pride, Grippi finished his tremendous freshman season with a 23-4 record.
Originally seeded eighth in the 133 pound classification, Grippi's losses in the tournament came to the eventual third and fourth-place finishers, respectively. William Livingston of Centenary, who upset Grippi in the opening round, went on to finish third while Sterling took fourth overall.
Top-seeded Bebeto Yewah from UW La Crosse breezed through the competition to claim the 133-pound national championship.