With the announcement of our first ever IA Wrestle event: The Night of Conflict, we will be announcing one of our top matches in the event which features two wrestlers with a history. This week we announce a high powered matchup with Bettendorf native Jack Wagner who is taking on state neighbor Jason Renteria from the Oak Park River Forest powerhouse school in Illinois.
Jack Wagner (SR)
College: Picking between Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon State, UNI, and Virginia Tech
Credentials: Two-time Iowa state champion for the Bettendorf Bulldogs.
Jason Renteria (JR)
School: Oak Park River Forest, Illinois
College: Iowa Hawkeyes
Credentials: Two-time state finalist in the state of Illinois, Fargo All-American, two-time Ironman runner-up.
Previous meeting: Jason Renteria won by decision 7-5 over Jack Wagner at the Clash XIII
This should be a great match for both wrestlers and if it is anything like their meeting from early January, fans at the Night of Conflict will be in for a real treat. Renteria won the match 7-5, but Wagner was more than able to get on the legs of Renteria (finishing was another story). Wagner actually had a 4-3 lead with about a minute left in the third period, but Renteria was able to add a pair of takedowns with a minute left to win 7-5.
The pair also met back in 2014, with Renteria winning that match 12-4.
Wagner on Renteria: “It’s going to be a great match against a solid competitor. I’m excited to bring what I feel is a rivalry into Carver.
Renteria on Wagner: “Wagner is tough as nails. He’s got a great shot and gets after it. I am excited to wrestle him.
Wagner on the Night of Conflict: “Wrestling in Carver is going to be awesome. Especially against a Hawk commit. It’s going to be intense and physical. I’m ready to go!”
Renteria on the Night of Conflict: “I’m really excited about wrestling at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It will be my first time in front of Hawkeye Nation. I am working extremely hard to put on a show for them. I want to show them I have been dreaming of this moment since I was five years old. It’s the first part of my dream coming true.”