It’s mat time again!

It is time to roll out the wrestling mats for a new and exciting season.


Posted Nov. 27, 2012

It is time to roll out the wrestling mats for a new and exciting season. This year’s team is the fullest in recent memory. Coach Burwick will be able to fill a full line-up for the first time in several years.

“We are looking really good so far this season. The kids are working hard and we have great leadership,” noted Burwick.

The Night Hawks will draw competitors from Hettinger, Scranton, Mott-Regent, Richardton as well as Hebron. The large co-op in terms of area is what will make this team competitive.

“We will be a very tough dual team this season. We are pretty young for the individual tournament, but we will compete hard,” Burwick said. A mix of experienced wrestlers along with several newcomers will allow Burwick to not give up any forfeit points in dual tournament competition. That will be a major factor in Region IV, where The Night Hawks look to be once again. Burwick sees competition from Watford City, who boasts of a new coach, as well as Beulah/Hazen.

Killdeer, who graduated a lot of quality wrestlers, remains a bit of a mystery. Also, one might want to watch out for the Bowman County-Beach co-op. They should now be able to field a formidable team. Region IV looks to be a very competitive league this season.

Night Hawk wrestlers that will be major contributors are scattered up and down the lineup. Starting the tough line-up at 106 pounds, Alec Andress and Cale Schalesky look to compete all year long for the varsity spot. Andress is the incumbent and looks very tough early this season. At 112 pounds, Burwick will look to Lucas Ormiston, a freshman, to be a major factor this season. Chauncey Hughes is the early varsity 120-pounder this season. Chauncey is a returning starter and will be counted on to score major points.

Codi Tomac looks to be the varsity 126-pound competitor this season. Tomac returns with a wealth of experience and will also be counted on to be a leader this year. The senior is one of two on this year’s squad.

At 132 pounds, it looks like freshman sensation Braxon Yates looks forward to being a contributor on the varsity squad. Yates wrestled a tough JV schedule last year and at 138, Hebron native Trevor Abrahamson is trying to recover from an injury and secure the spot.

Trevor is one of the Night Hawks most experienced wrestlers and will take on a major role this season.

The middle weights will see Christian Hughes at 145 pounds. Christian is a returning place winner from last year and his experience will be a key to this year’s success.

A major battle will occur at 152 pounds. Dalton Schaeffer of Mott and Derek Lee will compete for varsity time. Lee is recovering from hernia surgery, leaving Schaeffer to gain valuable experience at the beginning of the season.

Returning state place winner Rodney Van Hoff of Hebron will man the 160-pound weight class. Van Hoff is a leg-riding machine and will again look to stand high on the podium this season. The Night Hawks are very young at 170 pounds. Seventh-grader Paul Abrahamson will get a lot of experience this year. Being that young at that weight may be a baptism by fire for the youngster. Paul is one tough hombre however, so look for him to compete each and every match. Returning state qualifier Colby Steeke is the answer to the 182-pound weight class for the Night Hawks. Colby, the Scranton native, is an exciting young wrestler who has gained a ton of experience the last two seasons. Colby will be very exciting to watch this season.

Coach Burwick will have interchangeable parts at 189 and 220 pounds. Denby Lueck and Kevin Sandgren look to have great seasons this year. Denby has developed much needed strength and will look to improve as he has each and every year during his wrestling career. Kevin Sandgren is also a much stronger and much improved wrestler. Look for both of these young men to make a lot of noise this season.

Finally at 285, newcomer Brandon Ehlers seems to be on his way to becoming competitive. Brandon comes to the Night Hawks from Lakota and is an exciting new addition to the team.

Look for the Night Hawks to battle for a top four place finish in the dual competition this year as well as a top eight finish in the individual portion. The goals are set high but the talent is there for an exciting wrestling season. Everyone is invited to come out and support this year’s team.