Payton Rice of the Sioux Central Little Rebels has been selected to represent Team Iowa at the AAU National Elementary Duals in Kingsport, TN.
National competition is April 24th and 25th, 2004. Two years ago, Team Iowa won the team competition but lost by only a few points last year to the Illinois All-Stars. This year, Rice hopes to help improve the team and put Team Iowa back on top.
Rice was nominated out of a group of 2003 state champions. Rice won both the AAU Super PeeWee State competition and the USA State competition in 2003. He will be returning to the USA State meet to defend his title in two weeks along with teammates Skyler Rice, Schuyler Radke, Cody Strand, Matt Heflin, Matt Sefcik, Cole Moens, Connor Raglen, and Justin Romo.
Rice will be wrestling in the 50 pound division and will fill the 50 pound weight slot for Team Iowa also. He is the son of Ruth and Stacey Rice of Sioux Rapids and the grandson on Steve and Cindy Rice of Sioux Rapids and Vicki Rice of Storm Lake. He is also the great-grandson of Virginia Church of Spencer.