Iowa’s top senior wrestler has seen a lot of accolades come his way over his career, and it looks like he will get a chance to reclaim his title at Flowrestling’s Who’s #1 Event, which takes place October 18th at Lehigh University. The prestigious event already features quite a few matches between some of the nation’s best wrestlers, for instance Oklahoma State recruits #1 Nick Piccininni and #3 Kaid Brock will square off at 126, and top pound for pound wrestlers Mark Hall will face off with Anthony Valencia at 170.
Fredy Stroker was a participant at this event last year, first taking out now Hawkeye Seth Gross, and later defeating Mike Kemerer in the finals to claim the #1 spot in the rankings. This year, Stroker will have a chance to reclaim his #1 spot again this time at 145. He is set to face off against #1 ranked Vinny Joseph, of PA. Joseph and Stroker met out at Fargo (in freestyle) and in that match Joseph was able to come away with the win.
Stroker gave us some of his thoughts on wrestling Joseph again last night on Cross Face: “I have the same opportunity this year that I had last year, which is being the under ranked opponent going in and trying to prove myself as the #1 spot, and also avenge a loss I took at Fargo. It’s kind of a short time span where we wrestle again, and I am excited to wrestle Joseph.”
He also talked about the event in general, “Flo did a really good job last year, it was a fun event. A lot of the guys that competed there were friends that I have known for a long time, there was a lot of good matches, a lot of good fans, and a great venue…It was a cool event for the most part. A lot of good fans, I almost felt like a celebrity. They have press conferences, it was pretty cool.”
You can watch Fredy and Vinny’s first go around from Fargo here:
Hopefully Fredy can learn from his Fargo match, and have a similar situation that he had last year, with Gross. Gross had gotten the better of Stroker twice during the summer, but Fredy found a way to win in folkstyle.
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