Matchup Monday: Josh Portillo vs Justin Stickley

For our next match we reached into our bag of tricks and pulled out another good one. From Iowa it will be none other than two-time Iowa state champion Josh Portillo. His opponent will come from the nation’s #1 ranked high school from the 2015 season, Justin Stickley of St. Paris Graham.

Josh Portillo (SR)
: Clarion Goldfield
College: NDSU, Nebraska-Kearney, Minnesota-St. Cloud
Credentials: Two-time Iowa state champion

Justin Stickley (SR)
School: St. Paris Graham, Ohio
College: Iowa and Missouri are both listed in Stickley’s early list
Credentials: Ohio state runner-up, fifth place medalist at Ironman

I like this matchup because there is a little history with the Portillo family originally from the state Ohio this is yet another match where the two wrestlers share a history. Since moving to Iowa, Portillo has been one of 1A’s most dominant wrestlers, and is one of the top ten seniors in the 2016 class. Stickley has a top five finish at a major national tournament to go with a runner-up finish at state so this should be a good lightweight battle.

Portillo on Stickley: Being originally from Ohio, I’ve known Justin for quite a while. He’s a good guy. I would even classify us as friends. It should be a great match!

Stickley on Portillo: I think he’s a tough guy and I need to respect him as an opponent.

Portillo on the Night of Conflict: The arena may be quite intimidating to others, but it’s just another gym with a mat in it for me. The atmosphere is going to be insane. This is going to be a legendary event, I can already tell. A big thanks to IA Wrestle for putting it together!

Stickley on the Night of Conflict: It’s a great opportunity to wrestle in Carver and it’s going to be awesome competing in the same place the Hawkeyes do.