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
Rules: High School Rules with Push Out Rule

It will be a battle of western versus eastern Iowa for our next two Night of Conflict matches as a pair of West Sioux wrestlers will enter the event to battle Bryce Parke of Linn-Mar and FAB50 member Cole Whitehead of Center Point.

Taking on Parke is sophomore standout Mikey Baker, who finished his first state tournament with a fifth-place finish. Baker will be coming up all the way from 106 pounds where he was as a freshman to take on a veteran Parke who is coming off his first medal performance in Class 3A. Like Baker, Parke’s first medal was a fifth-place finish.

Taking on Whitehead will be junior Braden Graff, who has now placed third in back-to-back state tournaments. Last Spring, Graff just nearly missed the cut of the FAB 50, and is certainly in that “honorable mention” territory – which means he is a sliver away from being able to work his way in. His opponent will be returning state finalist Whitehead, who is also a two-time state medalist.

Last fall Graff competed in our NOC event against Midland’s Damon Huston (#43 in our FAB50) and left with a narrow, 2-0 defeat – despite wrestling all the way up at 119 pounds. Graff’s loss at the 2020 state tournament came at the hands of New London’s Marcel Lopez (#15). Huston went on to be the 120-pound state runner-up.

Men’s Matches (9/26) – 6:30 PM Start

#1 Carter Schmidt (Belgrade, MT) vs #2 McKinley Robbins (Greene County)

#1 Bailey Roybal (Waverly-Shell Rock) vs #2 Beau Klingensmith (Woodbury Central, Moville)

Mikey Baker (West Sioux) vs Bryce Parke (Linn-Mar)

Braden Graff (West Sioux) vs Cole Whitehead (Center Point)

#1 Cael Rahnavardi (Don Bosco) vs #2 Dreyzon Phillips (Fort Dodge)

 #1 Dyson Kunz (Nebraska)vs #2 Hagen Heistand (Logan-Magnolia)

#1 Jack Gaukel (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) vs #2 Tate Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar)

#1 Taner Harvey (Boone) vs #2 Wyatt Voelker (West Delaware)

#1 Joel Jersuroga (Southeast Polk) vs #1 Tyler Antoniak ( Millard South, NE)

#1 Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) vs #1 Mickey Griffith (Des Moines-Lincoln)

#1 Gable Porter (Underwood) vs #1 Ryder Block (Waverly-Shell Rock)

#1 Aidan Noonan (Cascade) vs #1 Garrett Grice (Bellevue East, Nebraska)

#1 Nate Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) vs #1 Tyler Wells (Princeton, Minnesota)

#1 Robert Avila (Lisbon) vs #6 (Nationally) Alek Martin (St. Paris Graham, OH)

Women’s Matches (9/25) – 6:30 PM Start

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle