I found out that my problem was that I was using John the Ripper standard version which can't read the NTLMv2 Hash. You must have the John the Ripper Jumbo version. I could not get it to compile on Ubuntu 16 because of libopenssl being broken but I am a mac user and found a precompiled version of it here http://download.openwall.net/pub/projects/john/contrib/macosx/
On a mac just download this folder and navigate to the /run directory and run the command. No need to compile anything.
./john --format=netntlmv2 "your_hashfile_here.txt"
and it will brute force it. Cracked my 4 letter hash I pulled from the bashbunny in about 10 seconds. You could also point it to a dictionary file by appending that to the end of the command like so:
./john --format=netntlmv2 "your_hashfile_here.txt" "your_dictionary_file.txt"
If someone has an idea on how to install john the ripper jumbo on Ubuntu that might be helpful to some people here who don't have mac. Also I couldn't use hash cat because it uses the gpu and my laptop has an onboard intel unsupported chip.
Hope this helps!