Aden Reeves is always looking to challenge himself, but last Saturday night may have exceeded even his lofty expectations against a defending Freestyle Cadet World Champion.
Agony in Ames is an annual event hosted by Iowa State University and the Cyclone Regional Training Center and has become one of the Midwest’s premiere invitation-only all-star dual that pits some of the nation’s top ranked wrestlers against each other.
A three-time veteran of the now defunct Conflict at Carver in Iowa City, Reeves accepted his invitation late this summer to wrestle Matt Ramos of Illinois, who won a world title last summer wrestling for Team USA in Zagreb, Croatia. Reeves snapped at the chance to showcase his talent at a place that he will call home following his senior year wrestling for Albia Community High School.
Reeves came out firing on all cylinders right off the whistle, scoring takedowns in both the first and second periods, while adding an escape along the way to take a 5-0 lead. Ramos gradually found a way to work his way back into the match, closing the gap to 7-4 midway through the third period, but Reeves responded quickly with a textbook double-leg that turned into a flashy inside trip which took Ramos straight to his back. Reeves worked the edge of the mat, not allowing Ramos to scramble out of bounds and secured the fall with one second to go in the match to win in dramatic style, sending the Cyclone-heavy crowd into an uproar.
“In a perfect world, I should have finished the double,” said Reeves. “But I knew I could hit something with the momentum moving forward. I went to the inside trip and it worked out.”
Reeves will enter his senior season with the Blue Demons looking for his third consecutive state title. His current career record stands at an impressive 142-3.
“This was a really good measuring stick going into the season,” Reeves said. “I haven’t competed since the Fargo finals in July, so it was good to get back to see where I was at and what I need to work on.”