At Night of Conflict, Dowling wrestlers Jacob and Evan Frost put on a show
SIOUX CITY – Dowling Catholic has a rich history of wrestling. It’s easy to forget that since the Maroons last won a state championship in 1991, they once ruled the world of high school wrestling in Iowa.
Dowling may not face Waverly-Shell Rock and Southeast Polk this coming season, but there are two brown wrestlers who deserve your attention: Jacob and Evan Frost, twin lightweights who will make absolutely quite a show.
On Saturday night, the Frost Brothers gave Iowa high school wrestling fans a little taste of what to expect this winter. Here at the Long Lines Family Rec Center, the two scored unbalanced victories at Night of Conflict, IAWrestle’s annual preseason show.
Jacob Frost beat Kael Scranton of Iowa City West, 16-0, at 138 pounds. Jacob scored a quick takedown and managed a few tips to lead 8-0 in the first period. He was leading 14-0 after two and scored another out in the third to end it with a technical crash.
Evan Frost beat Keith Smith, a star from Nebraska, at 132 pounds. Smith won a state title in 2020 and scored a quick first-half withdrawal to a 2-0 lead. Evan responded by nabbing Smith in the third period while holding a 17-3 advantage.
The Frost brothers – yes, they’re twins – are new to Iowa. They were from Louisiana, where they both won three state championships for Holy Cross. (Yes, they will join the other four in pursuit of their fourth state titles this season, much like Wahlert’s Josh Ramirez did the same in the 17-18 season.)
They came, in part because one of their assistant coaches at Holy Cross, Ryak Finch, is now the head wrestling coach at Dowling. Finch, if you remember, was a two-time NAIA National Champion at Grand View before jumping into the coaching ranks. He knows how bad the fortress struggle is in this area.
The Frost Brothers will add more talent to a state that is already teeming with it. Both won podiums at the Super 32 Challenge last year, which is considered the toughest preseason tournament in the country. Both are rated as the Top 200 Prospects in the 2022 Class by MatScouts. The two signed to Colombia in the Ivy League in July.
Now they’ll be able to spend their senior seasons here in Iowa, testing themselves against some of the best in the country. On Saturday they offered a little preview of what to expect. Arguably, Iowa high school wrestling fans are going to be in for a treat this season.
Kale Petersen, Dru Ayala and Tate Naaktgeboren win the first confrontations
The fun part of Night of Conflict – which featured 31 games in total this year: 15 girls, 16 boys – is the first showdown hosted by IAWrestle each year. They often pit some of Iowa’s best wrestlers against others in the national rankings.
Three high school students from Iowa took advantage of the opportunities on Saturday night.
Kale Petersen of Greene County recorded perhaps the biggest individual win of the night, 7-6 over Minnesota eminent Alan Koehler. Petersen scored in the first period to tie 3-3, then another in the second to lead 7-5 early in the third. Koehler is ranked No. 8 nationally at 113 pounds and was a junior All-American last summer.
Dru Ayala of Fort Dodge earned a 3-0 victory over Brandon Morvari, another top wrestler from Minnesota. Morvari defeated Ayala, 4-2, at the Cadet World Team Trials in April and was a National Junior Men’s Freestyle finalist in July. On Saturday, Ayala, who is ranked No.25 nationally, suffered a third period withdrawal, which emerged as the winner.
Linn-Mar’s Tate Naaktgeboren, in the final game of the night, won a 5-4 victory over Ryder Rogotzke, another Minnesota star. Rogotzke was part of the Greco-Roman Cadet World Team and is ranked No.8 nationally at 182 pounds. He scored a reversal in the third period to tie the game, 4-4, then Naaktgeboren escaped with 19 seconds left to win.
We already knew Iowa had some of the best kids in the country. Saturday night’s results only reinforced that fact.
Decorah’s Naomi Simon defeated SEP’s Bella Porcelli in high-profile women’s match
There have been many intriguing girl-to-girl clashes, but perhaps none more than the penultimate fight between Decorah’s Naomi Simon and Southeast Polk’s Bella Porcelli. There was a lot to like about this game.
Simon, a sophomore, clinched a women’s state title last year, pinning her way to gold at 145 pounds. Porcelli, also a sophomore, took third place at 152, then won All-American honors at the 16U Nationals this summer, and entered 15th nationally on Saturday at 164 pounds.
They’re two of the state’s brightest young wrestling talents on the girls’ side – and Simon ultimately prevailed.
With about 30 seconds to go in the first period, Simon scored for a 2-0 lead. Porcelli escaped in the second to bring the score to 2-1. In the third, Porcelli tried a cradle, but Simon escaped and took Porcelli behind his back, turning a 2-1 lead into a 7-1 final.
Hoping these two stay around the same weight this season. It could easily have been a preview of a state championship game in January.
Others who impressed
- Jace Rhodes from Mason City: Won twice on Saturday, 8-3 against Chase Fiser of Bondurant-Farrar, then 5-4 against Lisbon State champion Cade Siebrecht.
- Ty Koedam from Sergeant Bluff-Luton: Scored a strikeout with 15 seconds left to beat Cam Clark of West Sioux, 5-4, in a clash that invigorated the West Iowa crowd.
- Blake Gioimo from Cedar Rapids Prairie: Rally 4-1 to defeat Connor Fiser of Bondurant-Farrar, 6-5. Gioimo scored strikeouts in the second and third periods. Fiser was a junior men’s freestyle All-American this summer.
- Ryder Downey from Indianola: Scored at the end of the second and third periods to defeat West Sioux’s Mikey Baker 7-1 and generally doesn’t get as much love as he probably deserves.
- Nick Fox of Osage: Followed up his spectacular spring and summer seasons, rallying 3-1 to Carson Martinson of Southeast Polk in the second period.
- Carter Martinson from South East Polk: Scored four eliminations in a 10-2 win over Dylan Whitt of Cedar Falls, a returning runner-up. Martinson scored one with four seconds left in the second period and then twice in the third to get the middle finger.
- Jasmine Luedtke from Ottumwa: Gathered from a 2-0 first hole to take a 4-2 lead over Nebraska’s Sophia Schultz, then finally pinned her in the second period.
- Spencer’s Olivia Huckfelt: A returning runner-up who showed her second-half pin-throwing ability against Creston’s Savannah Sistad.
- Adyson Lundquist of the Southwest Valley: Won a 6-2 win over Nebraska’s Brisa Figueroa thanks to a late first period out, another in the second period, plus a third in the final period, followed by an out to win.
- Reanah Utterback of Sigourney and Molly Allen of Underwood: Utterback outscored Allen in the only Sudden Victory game all night. Allen was leading 2-0 on an out with 20 seconds left in the first period, but Utterback equalized him on a breakout and an out point, then connected on a takeout midway into overtime to win.
- Jillian Worthen of the Union: Was relentless and methodical in a 7-0 win over CB Lincoln’s Hannah Davis. Worthen, Utterback and Allen could all potentially be in the same state tournament bracket in January. Here’s hoping.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.
IAWrestle’s Night of Conflict, 2021
- Katie Biscoglia (Van Meter) vs. Mia Anderson (Nebraska), 6-2
- Bella Porcelli (Southeast Polk) on Maria Elizondo (Humboldt) in the Fall, 3:56
- Jasmine Luedtke (Ottumwa) on Sophia Shultz (Nebraska) in the fall, 3:42
- Olivia Huckfelt (Spencer) on Savannah Sistad (Creston) in the Fall, 3:31
- Jillian Worthen (Union) vs. Hannah Davis (CB Lincoln), 7-0
- Anna Sondall (Boone) on Josephine Wearmouth (Martensdale-St. Mary) in the fall, 5:09
- Jolynn Tiefenthaler (Ridge View) on Olivia Villegas (East Sac), 9-4
- Regan Rosseter (Nebraska) vs. Leah Chandler (Chariton), 9-7
- Morgan Griffin (Spencer) on Reagen Gallaway (Nebraska) in the fall, 1:22
- Tatum Shepherd (Ridge View) on Mariah Webster (Colfax-Mingo) in the fall, 1:23
- Paris Dean (Spencer) vs. Meridian Snitker (Waukon) in the fall, 1:09
- Adyson Lundquist (Southwest Valley) vs. Brisa Figueroa (Nebraska), 6-2
- Naomi Simon (Decorah) vs. Bella Porcelli (Southeast Polk), 7-1
- Reanah Utterback (Sigourney) v Molly Allen (Underwood), 4-2 (SV1)
- Madyson Gray (Kansas) vs. Lilly Luft (Charles City) in the fall, 3:21
- Jace Rhodes (Mason City) vs. Chase Fiser (Bondurant-Farrar), 8-3
- Wyatt Reisz (Logan-Magnolia) vs. Josiah Schaetzle (Hempstead), 13-5
- Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) vs. Dylan Whitt (Cedar Falls), 10-2
- Ty Koedem (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) vs. Cam Clark (West Sioux), 5-4
- Jacob Frost (Catholic Dowling) v Kael Scranton (Iowa City West), 16-0
- Braden Graff (West Sioux) vs. McKinley Robbins (Greene County), 3-1
- Anders Kittelson (Osage) vs. Kane Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar) in the fall, 1:08
- Blake Gioimo (Cedar Rapids Prairie) on Connor Fiser (Bondurant-Farrar), 6-5
- Ryder Downey (Indianola) vs. Mikey Baker (West Sioux), 7-1
- Dru Ayala (Fort Dodge) vs. Brandon Morvari (Minnesota), 3-0
- Kale Petersen (Greene County) vs. Alan Koehler (Minnesota), 7-6
- Nick Fox (Osage) v Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) in the fall, 2:44
- Evan Frost (Dowling Catholic) vs. Keith Smith (Nebraska) in the fall, 5:16
- Jace Rhodes (Mason City) vs. Cade Siebrecht (Lisbon), 5-4
- Hunter Lyden (Minnesota) vs. Max Magayna (Columbus Catholic), 7-6
- Tate Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar) vs. Ryder Rogotzke (Minnesota), 5-4