Every state tournament has its ups and downs and this year was no different. Coach Burwick had a weekend that brought out pride and maybe a little heartache. Posted Feb. 21, 2013
But in the end it was be a weekend that saw the Night Hawks have four state placers mount the podium and a few unexpected wins as well. The Night Hawks would also finish 0-2 in the dual tournament dropping duals to Linton and Stanley. Both duals were very close and exciting to watch.
The recap starts at 106 pounds and Alec Andress. Drawing the #2 seed was be a tough one for the young 8th grader. Andress would drop into wrestle backs and then drop a decision 12-6 to the #7 seeded Jade Hepper of Watford City. Alec also saw action in the duals losing to Linton.
Also at 106 pounds, Cale Schalesky would pick up a dual win as an alternate in the Stanely dual.
Lucas Ormiston, seeded 8th in the tournament and came home with the 8th place finish. Ormiston started with a win over Weston Ellingson of Ellendale by pin.
After a loss, Omiston then pinned Talan Nielson of Bowman County/Beach. That win would get Ormiston onto the podium. He dropped his next two matches to finish in 8th place overall. Ormiston also get had tow more matches in the duals finishing 0-2.
Chauncey Hughes came into the state tournament unseeded at 120 pounds. Hughes dropped matches to the #2 seeded Andy Nolz of South Border and Matt Carlson of Bowman County to finish 0-2 in the tournament. In the duals, Hughes would also finish 0-2 overall.
The most pleasant surprise of the evening was Codi Tomac weighing in at 126 pounds. The #7 seed enjoyed much success. He started with a pin on Tanner Egeberg in round one. Then, back-to- back upsets would occur.
Tomac would upset the #2 seeded Chaz Bauer in the quarter finals and then the #3 seeded Grant Johnson of Lisbon by a 3-1 score to reach the finals. Tomac then had to take on Mr. Wrestler of 2013 in Blake Bosch. A loss would secure 2nd place for Tomac, a wonderful performance. Tomac picked up another win in dual competition as well.
At 132 pounds Braxon Yates wrestled #3 seeded Jonathon Grunfelder in round one. After a loss there, Yates moved into dual action, where he suffered a significant knee injury against Andew Leier of Linton. Yates would injury default out of the tournament and will be evaluated later this week. Also at 132, Kilo Bowen got a match in the dual against Stanley’s Derrick Erie. He got some experience in a loss 17-8.
Trevor Abrahamsom, who has been battling a knee injury all season, drew in the #2 seeded Wyatt Morgen of Larimore in round one. After dropping a 12-5 decision, Eric Buccholz would end Trevor’s tournament in wrestle back action. The 16-1 loss would put an end to Abrahamson’s tournament. Still this was a gutsy performance by this young man. Trevor picked up a big win in dual tournament action.
Christian Hughes (145) had another impressive performance for the Night Hawks. Hughes came in unseeded but wrestled his way to 6th place overall.
A first round loss sent Christian into wrestle backs.
Three consecutive wins – Wyatt Laut and Nash Bettenhausen fell by pin and Dalton Hamlin fell by a 14-8 decision. Add two straight losses and that secured 6th place finish for Hughes. Also, Logan Lachowitzer would get two dual matches at 145 pounds and finish with a 0-2 record. Hughes would go 2-0 in dual wrestling at 152 pounds.
At 152 pounds, Rodney Vanhoff would come into the state tournament seeded #3. Consecutive wins over Matt Larsen (Des Lacs) and Trent Ptacek (Oakes) put Rodney into the semi-finals. Next up was #2 seeded Trentan Jangula (Napoleon). Trailing late by a 1-0 score, Van Hoff went for a throw that failed and he would fall by decision 5-0. This was followed by a win over Jesse Shurman (PCN) to reach the third place match. Kyle Schultz, the #1 seed, defeated Vanhoff by a 7-4 decision. The fourth place trophy was taken away for a bump with the referee. Vanhoff went 1-1 in dual tournament action.
Logan Schaeffer had two matches in the dual tournament portion of the state tournament. The experience was great as Logan would go 0-2 on the weekend.
Colby Steeke had a good weekend at 182 pounds. Steeke took get a first round decision win over Aiden Schaffer of Minot Ryan (11-2). The #7 seed dropped his quarterfinal match-up and then rebounded with another win over Santos Reyes of Grafton by pin.
The match-up with Evan Mellmer dropped Colby into the 7th/8th match against Jed Bopp of Oakes. The dominating 4-0 decision gave the freshman a 7th place finish on the podium. Add in another win in the dual, and Colby’s weekend was a success.
Another tough draw took place at 195 pounds and Denby Lueck. He had the #2 seed in round one. Following that loss, Denby rebounded with a very offensive pin over Ben Hall of New Town. One match away from placing, Lueck would lose by pin to Hunter Soli of PCN.
A very nice 2-0 record in the dual was also recorded by Lueck who definitely looked “offensive” on the weekend.
Injuries would be one of the story lines for the Night Hawks. Kevin Sandgren would drop his first round matchup against Michael Lafferty of PCN. A dual win in the Linton dual gave Sandgren a big boost of confidence. In the first round of wrestle back Sandgren he also suffered a knee injury to end his tournament. Also seeing action at 220 pounds was Josh Osei. He dropped his dual match-up but got the experience of wrestling at the state tournament.
Brandon Ehlers took three wins at this year’s state tournament at 285 pounds. Two dual wins and one win in the individual portion of the tournament spelled a solid weekend. Ehlers followed a first round loss with an impressive pin over Nathan Erickson of May-port C-G in the wrestle backs. Ehlers would fall one match short of placing with his second loss in round two.
The Night Hawks look to be in good shape heading into next season. They say goodbye to only two seniors and will return with a load of talent. That talent has seen a lot of action in addition to state tournament experience. Expect the Night Hawks to reload next season and be the favorites in Region IV next season. Thanks for all the memories – that’s a wrap.