Night Hawks Region IV Champs, Burwick co-coach of the year

Not to say the Region IV championship wasn’t expected, Coach Burwick’s squad still had to hit the mat and deliver to get the Night Hawks a regional championship.

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Hettinger-Scranton

Posted Feb. 13, 2013

Not to say the Region IV championship wasn’t expected, Coach Burwick’s squad still had to hit the mat and deliver to get the Night Hawks a regional championship. The Night Hawks would qualify 12 out of 14 members to the individual tournament this weekend. The Night Hawks would also claim 4 individual championships in route to 218.5 team points to easily outdistance Bowman County and their second place finish with 173 points.

Alec Andress (106 pounds) would rebound from a tough semi-final loss to Jade Hepper of Watford City. He would record back to back pins over Matt Hildebrandt of Bowman County and Seth Johnson of New Salem to secure a trip to state with a third place finish. Andress would wrestle to his seed and score 14 big team points for Coach Burwick.

Lucas Ormiston would be the #1 seed in the 114 pounds weight class. After being upset by Talan Nielson of Bowman in the semi-finals 12-4, Ormiston would get a bye into the third place match. In that match, Lucas would pin Cole Dukart of Killdeer in 4:34 to earn his trip to state as well. His 12 point team effort would be a big contribution to the team title.

At 120 pounds, Chauncey Hughes would also be seeded #1. An overtime sudden victory win over Jace Horner of Killdeer would send Hughes into the finals. The 16-14 win would be an offensive shootout. Hughes would draw Josh Synder in the finals. After leading 9-8, Hughes would get caught and then pinned to take home second place. Another 16 team points scored for Team Burwick.

The Night Hawks first champion would be at 126 pounds and Codi Tomac. A semi-final pin over Colton Jore would send the #1 seed into the finals. Cullen Seeger of New Salem would be the draw. Tomac would meticulously dissect Seeger throughout. It would end up being a decisive 9-4 decision that would give Tomac another regional championship and 22 team points for the Night Hawks.

Probably the most inspirational and a big pleasant surprise would come at 132 pounds and Braxon Yates. The #6 seed has lost several one and two point matches throughout the season. Well, Yates definitely got over the hump on Saturday. After falling to Brendan Harrison in round one, Yates would draw #2 seeded Clay Jorgenson for a trip to state. Tied at 1 going into overtime, Yates would use a “leave it to beaver” move and get the late take down. Emotion erupted. Yates wasn’t done as he defeated Harrison to exact some revenge and take home 3rd place.

Another pleasant surprise would take place 138 pounds and Trevor Abrahamson. Battling a bum knee all year, Trevor would start his day with a pin of Dane Larsen of Killdeer. After dropping his semi-final match, Abrahamson would tech fall Kyle Cook of Watford City to earn a trip to state. The surprise would come in the 3rd place match as Abrahamson was finally able to solve the puzzle that was Eric Buccholz. Abrahamson was able to finally get the win over his nemesis by score of 12-9. Add 15.5 team points for team Burwick.

Championship #2 would come at 145 pounds and Christian Hughes. Back to back pins over Ty Horning of Beulah and Troy Steele of Bowman would be all it would take for Hughes to come away with the title. The unorthodox wrestle would use his unique style to add 24 points to the team total.

The Night Hawks would go back to back championships as Rodney Vanhoff continued his impressive season. Rodney would start with an easy pin over Curtis Summers of Bowman in 2:49. In the championship, Vanhoff would then use his patented leg riding style to dominate Sonny Herzeg of Beulah by tech fall (18-1). The title should give the senior a very good seed heading to state. Vanhoff’s effort would score 23.5 points to the Night Hawk team effort.

At 160 pounds, Logan Lochowitzer would have an exciting first round win over Dillan Jepsen of Killdeer. The late 9-8 decision had the fans on the edge of their seat. Semi-final action would see Lochowitzer lose to Joe Nelson of Watford City. The match to get to state would have Logan winning by a score of 7-2. An unfortunate move would backfire and Logan would lose by pin to miss the state tourney. Logan would rebound for fifth place overall as he pinned Steven Beals of Bowman.

Hard luck would also befall Dalton Schaeffer at 170 pounds. The #2 seed would fall to Michael Longland of Bowman in the semi-finals. In wrestle back action Dakota Neether of Watford City would end Schaeffer run at the state tourney.

Colby Steeke continues to look impressive at 182 pounds. Evan Mellmer and Steeke would have an epic semi-final match. It would be Mellmer that would come away with the 17-13 decision. Steeke would rebound nicely with a pin over Hunter Olson of Watford City. And then in the third place match, Steeke would record another pin over Nolan Dolynuik of Bowman. Steeke would secure 14 team points for Coach Burwick.

Denby Lueck would secure his trip to state at 195 pounds. An exciting first round match would see Lueck pin Logan Fettig of Watford City. In semi-final action, Lueck narrowly missed upsetting the #1 seeded Guage Harrison falling 11-7. And then the 3rd place match up, Denby would fall to Isaac Ripplinger in 3 overtimes by a score of 2-1.

Kevin Sandgren would make the finals at 220 pounds. His impressive win over Colton Turner of Killdeer, a tech fall 15-0, would match Kevin against Jacob Hildebrandt of Bowman. The championship match would see Sandgren lose by pin but still earn him a trip to state. 17.5 team points would be earned to contribute to the Night Hawk effort.

Finally, Brandon Ehlers would dominate his way to a championship at 285 pounds. Two quick pins over Kye Bolken in :18 and Mac Stuber 2:37 would give the title to Ehlers. Ehlers improves his record to 22-10 on the season. In addition to the impressive win, Ehlers would contribute 24 big team points for Team Burwick.

Now we look forward to state this week. We also want to congratulate Coach Burwick as he was selected co-coach of the year along with Shawn Voigt of Beulah. The team championship and the team dual title are kudos the coaching staff and the effort of these kids.