Returning to the Night of Conflict for the second straight year will be New Hampton’s Michael Millage taking on a top five ranked wrestler from one of the nation’s top high school programs, Malcolm Robinson of Blair Academy. Ranked #4 in the nation at 138 pounds and committed to Rutgers, Robinson marks the second time Millage will face a top five opponent at the event. A year ago Millage bumped up a weight to take on Illinois prep Jason Renteria and they put on a show racking up 30 total points. Renteria would take the match 19-11.

This will be a meeting between two top 20 ranked wrestlers, as Millage has climbed into the rankings (#20) with a strong regular season as a junior, winning the 2A 126-pound state title over Solon’s Drew West. From there, Millage packed on some weight, moving up to 138 pounds where he earned his first Fargo All-American finish taking sixth in freestyle. Millage recently committed to the University of Northern Iowa where he is projected at 141 pounds for the Panthers.

Aside from the fact that Robinson competes for one of the nation’s most prestigious private schools, he has also put in top finishes at some of the toughest folkstyle tournaments in the country. This past season includes a third place finish at the Walsh Ironman and winning the Beast of the East. The Night of Conflict does utilize a pushout rule in addition to the regular high school rules, but Robinson isn’t lacking in freestyle credentials, taking third at the Cadet Freestyle National tournament a year ago.

Other Announced Matches:

#7 Jeremiah Reno (MO) vs #10 Cullan Schriever (IA)
#19 Luke Kemerer (PA) vs Cade DeVos (IA)
#3 Brandon Witman (MI) vs #4 Joel Shapiro (IA)

Night of Conflict 2 Results:

120: Noah Fye, IA WBF 0:36 Carter Cox, IA
132: Tristan Lara, IA dec. Niko Chavez, MO 7-4
126: Ronna Heaton, SD maj. dec. Alanah Vetterick, IA 8-0
285: Aaron Costello, IA dec. Sammy Evans, TN 5-3
125: Connor Brown, MO WBF 5:18 Aden Reeves, IL
160: Joel Shapiro, IA dec. Danny Braunagel, IL 8-4
141: JJ Figueroa, CA dec. Zach Barnes, IA 6-4 OT
122: Kyran Hagan, MO dec. Anthony Madrigal, IL 2-0
128: Dylan D’Emilio, OH dec. Drew Bennett, IA 4-2 OT
138: Jason Renteria, IL dec. Mike Millage, IA 18-11
182: Max Lyon, IA dec. AJ Pedro, MA 6-5
145: Jaime Hernandez, IL dec. Kaden Gfeller, OK 3-2
220: Cohlton Schultz dec. Jared Campbell 10-5

What is Night of Conflict?

The IAwrestle Team is proud to announce that this October we will be hosting a premier wrestling event titled “The Night of Conflict 3”, and will pit some of the best talent that the state of Iowa has to offer in a head-to-head battle for supremacy of each weight class. All proceeds benefit the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

The event is scheduled for October 13, 2017 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and it will take place the day before the preseason tournament, the Conflict at Carver.

Following weigh ins for the Conflict at Carver, wrestlers who have registered for the tournament will receive automatic admission into the Night of Conflict, free of charge. Tickets for the Night of Conflict will also be available for purchase at the door.

Wrestlers competing in the event will be split into two squads, and each team will be coached by a Hawkeye Wrestling Club member.

VIP Ticket Information: The first 50 fans to purchase a VIP ticket will receive the following benefits: On the mat seating, a VIP badge, an IAwrestle branded Rudis hat that is exclusive to VIP members, and one autographed program signed by all HWC wrestlers/coaches. Reminder: all proceeds benefit the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

Additional Tickets will be available as the date draws closer.

Event Time:

Doors open at 6 p.m. and Night of Conflict will start at 7 p.m.

Parking Info:

Parking lot outside of Carver (Lot 46) does not open up to the public until 4:30 p.m.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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