When: March 12th, 2022 at 6:30PM. 
Where: Franklin Junior High
Tickets: Eventbrite $15-$40 ($450 VIP Tables)
Stream: Rokfin

The Night of Conflict, Iowa’s premier high school wrestling event, is headed to the state’s capital for a night of high caliber wrestling. Fans can expect some of the best at the high school and youth level to compete on stage. The card already has seven matches locked with state champ versus state champ. General admission and VIP tickets can be found at NightofConflict.com. Night of Conflict will be streamed live and archived for premium subscribers on Rokfin.

Does it get any better than having the best two wrestlers in the country face off against one another? We are not talking about two of the top guys in the country – we are literally talking #1 vs #2 when Aiden Riggins steps into the circle against MJ Gaitan, who is making the trek all the way from California.

Watching the rise of Riggins the past few years has been a real treat, and as Iowans we are spoiled that he decided to stay home and wrestle for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Riggins really rocketed up the charts in his junior season where he won his first state title by besting Caleb Rathjen, making the UWW Cadet World Team Trials Finals, and Fargo finals, and scoring other ranked victories in dual competitions along the way.

All of that success has led to him obtaining the #1 overall ranking at 160 pounds.

For Gaitan he is looking to take over that #1 spot by replicating his success he had against Riggins last summer at Junior National Duals. Gaitan took that meeting 16-12. He was also the 2021 Greco-Roman national champion out at Fargo.

Announced Lineup:

Koufax Christensen (Waukee Northwest) vs Eli Becerra (Missouri Valley)
Carter Freeman (Waukee Northwest) vs Jaiden Moore (Benton Community)
Nate Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) vs Marcel Lopez (New London)
Aiden Riggins (Waverly-Shell Rock) vs MJ Gaitan (California)
Griffin Gammell (Waukee Northwest) vs Tate Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar)
Wyatt Voelker (West Delaware) vs Luke Rasmussen (Brookings, South Dakota)
Jared Thiry (Don Bosco) vs Barrett Muller (Osage)

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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