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
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
Mikey Baker (West Sioux) vs Bryce Parke (Linn-Mar)
Braden Graff (West Sioux) vs Cole Whitehead (Center Point)