IAwrestle to host 'War at West Gym' all-star dual

Western Dubuque state champion trio among field of top prep wrestlers

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CEDAR FALLS — Western Dubuque’s state champion trio and a pair of NCAA Division I wrestlers will highlight the inaugural “War at the West Gym” on Saturday.

The Bobcats’ Bradan Birt, Max Lyon and Aaron Costello will be among 24 prep wrestlers from across the state and the region who will compete in IAwrestle’s inaugural event at University of Northern Iowa, beginning at 6 p.m. The event also will feature a match between former UNI heavyweight Blaize Cabell and former Iowa State NCAA champion Kyven Gadson. Proceeds will benefit the Panther Wrestling Club.

Lyon is a two-time state champion and four-time state medalist for Western Dubuque. He will continue his career at Purdue University. Lyon will face Jared Krattiger, of Waterford, Wis. Costello, a two-time state finalist who won the Class 3A heavyweight crown last month, takes on Brandon Metz, of West Fargo, N.D.. Costello has signed to wrestle at the University of Iowa. In a battle of 132-pound state champs, Birt (3A) will wrestle Davenport Assumption’s Matt Robertson (2A).

South Tama’s 2A 152-pound state champion Isaac Judge will face Fort Dodge’s Cayd Lara, a 3A state finalist at 152. South Winneshiek’s Felicity Taylor is set to wrestle Davenport North’s Tateum Park.

Tickets can be purchased online at for $8 or at the door for $10. Fans 4 and younger are free. Visit IAwrestle.com for more details.

“War at West Gym Lineup”

(According to IAwrestle news release)

Women’s Match: Felicity Taylor (South Winn) vs Tateum Park (Davenport North)

Gable Fox (Don Bosco) vs Drake Doolittle (Webster City)

Michael Millage (New Hampton) vs Cade DeVos (Southeast Polk)

Bradan Birt (Western Dubuque) vs Matt Robertson (Davenport Assumption)

Keaton Geerts (New Hampton) vs Jakob Bergeland (Centennial, Minnesota)

Triston Lara (Fort Dodge) vs Zach Barnes (Southeast Polk)

Cayd Lara (Fort Dodge) vs Issac Judge (South Tama)

Austin Yant (Waverly-Shell Rock) vs Dylan Schuck (Sibley Ocheyedan)

Julien Broderson (Davenport Assumption) vs Billy Higgins (Skutt Catholic, Nebraska)

Brock Jennings (Osage) vs Marcus Coleman (Ames)

Max Lyon (Western Dubuque) vs Jared Krattiger (Waterford, Wisconsin)

Aaron Costello (Western Dubuque) vs Brandon Metz (West Fargo, North Dakota)

Professional Match: Blaize Cabell (Panther Wrestling Club) vs Kyven Gadson (Cyclone Wrestling Club)

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