The first night of prep wrestling in Siouxland was Tuesday night with several interesting results, but the one I am focusing on is the Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Westwood dual.
The Warriors picked up the win 43-24 but there were two matches that caught my eye.
First was at 113 pounds where the Warriors' Devin Phaly, ranked sixth in Class 2A, earned an 8-5 win over fifth-ranked (Class 1A) Kody Berg. That is a nice win for Phaly so early in the season for the two-time state qualifier and a placer two years ago as a sophomore. Berg had a very strong freshman campaign going 51-3 and placing seventh at state last season.
The other matchup that saw two highly-ranked wrestlers go at it was 120 where No. 2 (Class 2) Brayden Curry downed No. 4 (Class 1A) Zach Ulven 2-0.
Curry finished third at state at 106 last season while Ulven missed state last year but has already placed sixth and third in Des Moines.
The best part of these matches is that we could see them again on Saturday as both teams will be back in Sergeant Bluff on Saturday for the SB-L tournament.
Because it is so early in the season you can never be sure of weight classes, but 113 and 120 could be stacked on Saturday.
At 113, Underwood's Alex Thomsen (No. 2), Berg, Phaly and Spencer's Cody Huckfelt (No. 8) could all be in the bracket.
At 120, you have Ulven, Woodbury Central's Shane Funk (No. 8), and Curry.
Should be fun.