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.

Two of Iowa’s younger stars will square off in this battle between Fort Dodge’s Dru Ayala and Union’s Jace Hedeman.

Coming into his freshman year of high school, Hedeman was very much on the radar of many within the Iowa wrestling community. In his first year he easily lived up to the hype by going undefeated on the way to the 2A 106-pound state title. After such a strong rookie performance he will be looking to establish himself among the Iowa elite.

And it will be a tough task for Hedeman taking on Ayala, who really took a leap forward in 2022. He lost his first match of the year but came back to earn the top overall ranking heading into the state tournament where he finished as the Class 3A 106 runner-up. He also boasts earning All-American honors at UWW Cadets and Fargo this past summer.

Last fall Ayala got a statement win at our Night of Conflict event, downing nationally ranked Brandon Morvari of Minnesota.

High School Lineup:

Dru Ayala (Fort Dodge) vs Jace Hedeman (Union)
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)
Tucker Stangel (Osage) vs Kane Naaktgeborn (Linn-Mar)
Hagen Heistand (Underwood) vs Avery Allen (Montana)
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)
Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) vs Maddux Borcherding-Johnson (Norwalk)

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle