Wrestlers compete at East-West tournament

In what is widely considered to be a mini-state tournament, the East-West tourney boasts of 22 teams from across the state including almost every threat to a state title. Posted Feb. 6, 2013

To compete here as a team and as an individual goes a long way in determining state seeds as well as a barometer of team placing. The Night Hawks finished with 99 team points – good enough for a 7th place finish overall. Several individuals from the Night Hawks also picked up key wins to help their seeding chances.

Alec Andress (106 pounds) was one of those wrestlers to help his seeding possibilities. Alec finished the tournament in 6th overall with a 3-3 record. Wins over Napoleon, Hillsboro and Stanley were key wins for the eighth-grader as he looks to a seed at the state tourney.

Lucas Ormiston also had a very nice tournament at 113 pounds. Two straight wins placed Ormiston into the semifinals. Bryce Carr defeated Lucas and sent him into wrestle back action. From there, Ormiston got a win and a spot in the 3rd place match. Ormiston dropped the match and finished in 4th place, which was a very nice finish for Lucas. His 16 team points were very important for the Night Hawks.

Chauncey Hughes started the tournament with an impressive win over Conner Glasner of Rolla to reach the quarterfinals. From there, Hughes dropped a pair of decision matches and finish out of the placing rounds. The 120-pounder lost a tough 6-4 decision that would have sent him into the semifinals.

Codi Tomac had some of the most exciting matches at 126 pounds. He would start with a win over Derek Tabor of Killdeer before dropping a tough 4-2 decision in quarter-final action. Following an easy pin over Derrick Erie of Stanley, Tomac would get another win a 4-2 OT sudden victory over Dalton Janguala of Napoloen. Unfortunatley, two heart-breaking losses followed. A 5-4 decision followed by a 4-2 decision sent Tomac home with a 6th place finish.

Braxon Yates was the Night Hawks representative at 132 pounds. Yates dropped his first round match to Caden Coleman of Oakes by a 12-1 major decision. In wrestle back action, Yates lost a tough 6-4 OT sudden victory decision to Brendan Harrison of Standing Rock to finish the tournament 0-2.

At 138 pounds, Trevor Abrahamson finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. Trevor started with a big Region IV win over Kyle Cook of Watford before falling to Patrick Freeman of Carrington. Abrahamson got a nice rebound win with a 7-0 decision over Harvey. But Austin Becker sent Abrahamson to the showers with a 6-2 decision. Trevor just missed out on the placing rounds.

Christian Hughes garnered a 5th place medal for Coach Burwick at 145 pounds. Christian started in excellent fashion. Two straight wins landed Christian in the semi-finals. It was an exciting match against Adam Dean of Velva (7-4) that sent Hughes into the wrestle backs. From there, Hughes dropped another match and then come back with a win over Billy Holton of Carrington in sudden victory (8-6) to secure his 5th place overall.

The Night Hawks lone finalist would come from Rodney Vanhoff at 152-pounds. Rodney dominated on his way to the finals. Three straight pins – including a semi-final win of Chandler Meyers of Stanley -would pit Rodney against the #1 seeded Trenton Jangula of Napoleon. Vanhoff had to settle for 2nd place after a loss by pin. Still, it would be yet another great outing for the Hebron native.

Young Logan Lochowitzer (160 pounds) finished his tournament with a record of 1-2. His big win was an 8-4 decision over Cole Hysjulien of Stanley. Logan forfeited his next match and just missed the round of placing. The youngster continues to improve and we look forward to see how he finishes the season.

Dalton Schaefer wrestled up two weights at 170 pounds. The weight difference would prove to be too much as Dalton dropped two matches, both by pin, to end his tournament with a 0-2 record overall.

At 182 pounds, Colby Steeke garnered 11 team points for the Night Hawks. Colby would reach the quarter-finals with a win over Jake Copenhaver of Carrington. It would be Jimi Bridges of Velva that would send Steeke into wrestle back action. Colby rebounded with a pin before dropping a thriller to Evan Mellmer of Beulah by decision 8-7. The 7th place match saw Steeke defeat Nolon Dolynuik of Beach by pin.

Denby Lueck received a bye at 195 pounds, only to see the #1 seed in the quarter finals. Following a loss, Denby came back with a big pin over Dylan Lymans of Velva in 1:37. Lueck dropped his next two matches, one by pin and one by a tough 2-1 loss, and finish in 8th place overall.

Brandon Ehlers also had the distinction of drawing the #1 seed in round one. Ehler came back nicely from that loss with a 17-second pin over Kyle Bolken of Watford City. To get to the podium, Ehlers battled Cole Danks of New Town. After dominating early, Ehlers got caught and pinned in the second period and would miss placing.

The Night Hawks now look forward to a triangular on Thursday against Beulah/Hazen and Bismarck St. Marys. The Beulah/Hazen dual will go a long way in determining seeding and qualifying for state in the team dual portion of the tournament.