Wrestlers see first competition at Lemmon

The Night Hawk wrestling season has begun. Coach Burwick took his squad to Lemmon for a round robin / potpourri type event last week. 

Posted December 2, 2012

The Night Hawk wrestling season has begun. Coach Burwick took his squad to Lemmon for a round robin / potpourri type event last week.

Taking part in the event were Hettinger, Lemmon, and Cheyenne Eagle Butte. It was a good chance to get some mat time. Once they weighed in, wrestlers were paired up to get as many matches as possible.

The Night Hawks were very successful on the evening, winning 22 of 30 matches.

“We wrestled very well for our first competition. It was fun to finally get on the mat for real. The boys wrestled hard and represented us very well,” said Coach Burwick.

The Night Hawks were able to gain much needed experience during the evening. Starting at 80 pounds and Braden Klein, an impressive 16-0 win was one of the highlights of the evening. That match would be followed by a loss by pin. The 1-1 record is a great start to the season.

At 95 pounds, Cale Schalesky had two very impressive wins, both by pin.

The young seventh- graders also had a great start to the season. Seth Wolff and Alec Andress both competed in the 106-pound weight class. Seth finished with a 0-2 record both by pin. Alec would also finish 0-2, but his 8-4 loss was one of the best matches of the evening.

Lucas Ormiston represented the Night Hawks at 113 pounds. Lucas would get in one match which was an impressive pin in 4:37.

At 120, Chauncey Hughes would hit the mat twice. And twice he would win in easy fashion. Pins in 5:55 and :48 should give Chauncey much confidence heading into this weekend at Mandan. Jack Hoffland would finish with a 1-1 record on the evening. The win was by pin in 5:43.

Senior leader Codi Tomac would hit the mat at 132 pounds. He would only get one match but is was a win by pin in 1:30. Codi looks to be in line for a great season. The Night Hawks other 132 pounder was Braxon Yates. Yates would record two big win both by pin on the evening. The pins would come in 3:43 and 1:35 respectively.

Logan Lochowitzer represented the Night Hawks at 138 pounds. Logan would did quite well, going 1-1 on the evening. His win was by pin in 4:58. The Night Hawks only 3-0 wrestlers would be James White. All three wins were by pin in a grand total of 2:32. Two 25-second pins made for a great evening for the young sophomore.

With no one at 152 pounds, Rodney Van Hoff was up next. Rodney’s one match was a very quick win by pin in 1:34.

“Rodney will be one of those wresters counted on this year to score major points. It looks like he is off to a great start,” said Burwick.

The second straight Hebronite would wrestle at 170 pounds. Paul Abrahamson, a bright looking seventh-grader, got his first win at 170 pounds. The win was quick and short lived as he won by pin in a mere :30.

Kevin Sandgren weighed in at 195 pounds for the Night Hawks. His first match was to last year’s undefeated heavy weight in South Dakota. Kevin looked good in a loss to a very tough Brody Peterson. Kevin would drop a second match to Lemmon’s heavyweight. Denby Lueck would be the second Night Hawk to take down Mr. Peterson, this time at 220 pounds. Denby would only trail 4-0 going into the third period before succumbing to a pin. Denby would finish with a 0-2 record after suffering a very tough 5-2 decision. Finally, Brandon Ehlers would wrestle for the first time in years at 285 pounds. The very good-looking Ehlers would get two wins by pin. The first pin would come in 1:11, followed by second pin in 1:30. A great start for this very tough looking junior.

Overall, it was a very good start to the season for Coach Burwick’s squad. The Night Hawks now travel to the very tough Mandan Lions tournament this Friday and Saturday. The only Class B school competing against 11 other Class A school will definitely be an early test.