NOC: Mickey Griffith vs Ben Kueter

When: Girls Sept 25th | Boys Sept 26th
Where: The Arena, 4501 Southern Hills Drive, Sioux City, Iowa 51106, United States
Start Times: Doors Open 4:00PM | Event 6:30PM
Tickets: NightofConflict.com
Watch: Rokfin $10

By Ross Bartachek
 
Our next men’s match announcement is heading back to the upperweights, with a pair of 3A standouts battling it out. We will see Des Moines Lincoln’s Mickey Griffth square off with Iowa City’s Ben Kueter in a match between two of IAwrestle’s FAB50 wrestlers.
 
There was little questioning that Griffith had one of the biggest breakout years as a sophomore going from missing the state tournament his first year to state champion in his second. Griffith powered his way through the 2019-20 season with a 35-2 record. His first eye opening performance was when he won the Cliff Keen Invite in Independence, where he defeated Nolan Wanzek in the finals. Currently, MatScouts has Griffth as a top 100 recruit in the Class of 2022.
 
His challenger will be Kueter, who was one of several impressive freshmen that came away with a state title at the 2020 tournament. Kueter wrestled an abbreviated season going 24-0 at 160 pounds, downing fellow freshman Tate Naaktgeboren in the finals. Currently, MatScouts rates Kueter as the #10 prospect in the Class of 2023, and Naaktgeboren as the #12. Obviously to carry a top 10 class ranking means Kueter has a laundry list of accomplishments and he has been a staple in Team Iowa for the USA Wrestling National Duals.
The dual the event which takes place on 9/26 will be available on Rokfin and Long Lines Broadband, with limited in-person seating also available.
 
 
Women’s Matches (9/25) – 6:30 PM Start
 

 

Men’s Matches (9/26) – 6:30 PM Start

#1 Gable Porter (Underwood) vs #1 Ryder Block (Waverly-Shell Rock)
#1 Bailey Roybal (Waverly-Shell Rock) vs #2 Beau Klingensmith (Woodbury Central, Moville)
#1 Cael Rahnavardi (Don Bosco) vs #2 Dreyzon Phillips (Fort Dodge)
#1 Jack Gaukel (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) vs #2 Tate Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar)
#1 Taner Harvey (Boone) vs #2 Wyatt Voelker (West Delaware)
#1 Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) vs #1 Mickey Griffith (Des Moines-Lincoln)
#1 Robert Avila (Lisbon) vs #6 (Nationally) Alek Martin (St. Paris Graham, OH)

(Preseason Rankings)

Photos by Cam Kramer – edits by Strandberg Design

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