When putting together an event like this, you try and create the best possible matches by bringing in two highly talented wrestlers and let them put on a show. So, it makes even more sense for those two highly talented wrestlers to be among the best in the nation – we are talking a top five meeting here folks. For one, the state of Iowa will get it’s second look at Alex Marinelli after he wrestled in AGON earlier this year, and our first look at Indiana stand out Drew Hughes.
Alex Marinelli (SR)
School: St Paris Graham, Ohio
Credentials: Three-time Ohio state champion, Ironman champion, Super 32 runner-up.
Drew Hughes (SR)
School: Lowell, Indiana
Credentials: Three-time state medalist, Folk Nationals runner-up, and Super 32 place-winner.
College Choices: I currently have my college choices narrowed down to Michigan State, Edinboro, and Oklahoma.
Well, any time you are talking about a meeting between two wrestlers ranked in the top five, you know you are in store for a good match. The question will be whether Hughes will be able to penetrate Marinelli’s outstanding defense. Even then, Marinelli has a tremendous double leg attack, and he can switch off to a high crotch in a pinch. Alex hasn’t lost since the Super 32 finals last November, and you can bet he wants to keep that streak alive.
Marinelli on Hughes: From what I have heard he is a good wrestler and he is ranked #5 in the country so he must be tough. I don’t know him all too well, but I’ve just heard about him. I have never met him.
Hughes on Marinelli: I’m excited that I’m getting to wrestle Marinelli and I think it is going to be a great match!
Marinelli on the Night of Conflict: I’m beyond excited to be in this event. There’s nothing better than wrestling in front of Hawkeye fans. I not only get to do that, but I am wrestling in Carver. Iowa’s house. I can’t wait to wrestle at the Night of Conflict and I am very thankful for the opportunity.
Hughes on the Night of Conflict: I think the Night of Conflict is going to be a one of a kind event and I’m really excited that I’m going to be wrestling in it. I think the atmosphere is going to be very intense and it will be fun to wrestle in Carver Hawkeye Arena against a future Hawkeye!