EYE on South West ND Sports

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by Sheldon Christenson

The weather was responsible for canceling quite a few sporting events in ND this past week, but the annual Nighthawk Wrestling Classic tournament was able to be completed. Below are the placements for the Nighthawks and the final standings. Moorcroft repeated as the team champions.

106 – Kyle Burwick, 4th place 
106 – Cale Schalesky, 2nd place
120 – Chauncey Hughes, 6th place 
126 – Alec Andress, 8th place 
132 – Devin Faller, 8th place
138 – Trevor Abrahamson, 4th place
145 – Christian Hughes, 1st place

152 – Logan Lachowitz, 6th place
160 – Dalton Schaffer, 6th place 
170 – Jacob Schalesky, 4th place
182 – Denby Lueck, 4th place
195 – Paul Abrahamson, 4th place
220 – Colby Steeke, 1st place
285 – Brandon Ehlers, 2nd place

1. Moorecroft, WY 182.0
2. Linton-HMB 159.0
3. Baker, MT 152.5
4. Hettinger-Scranton 145.5
5. Lemmon, SD 106.5
6. Bowman County 90.5
7. Killdeer 89.5
8. Watford City 58.0
9. Dickinson JV 48.0
10. Circle, MT 39.0
11. Harding County, SD 30.0
12. New Salem-Almont 26.0
13. Broadus, MT 18.5
14. Standing Rock 7.0
15. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, SD 3.0

I was a little surprised to see Kyle Burwick and Cale Schalesky competing in the same weight class, 106, as it left the Nighthawks with no one at 113. Normally Burwick is at 106 and Schalesky is at 113. But the 106 field in this tourney was tough. One of the top rated wrestlers at 106 in ND, Brandon Oien from Linton, and a highly regarded wrestler from Moorcroft, Trey Fischback, were in it. As it turned out, Schalesky met up with Oien twice, losing 13-2 in pool play but gave Oien all he wanted in the championship match before losing 4-0. Burwick defeated Fischbach in pool play, 8-6, and then lost to him, 13-7, in the 3rd place match. Burwick is a 7th grader who gives up about 15 lbs at 106, but is doing well. He went 5-0 in pool play with four pins. Schalesky is an 8th grader who went 4-1 in pool play with three pins. The future looks good for these two.

Another change for the Nighthawks was Colbey Steeke wrestling at 220 instead of his usual 195. He had a great tournament though as he defeated Garrett Clark from Lemmon, 4-2, who is a rated SD wrestler. He also defeated Jacob Hildebrant from Bowman Co., 4-2 in overtime. Hildebrant is also rated in ND.

Carrington made another impressive statement for establishing themselves as the favorite for the Class B wrestling crown as they finished 5th out of 28 teams in the Bismarck Rotary tournament. Many of the teams were Class A. They finished ahead of Class A teams such as Sturgis, Rapid City Stevens, Bismarck Century and Dickinson. They had easily won the Linton Holiday tournament in December.

I’ve enjoy attending the various wrestling tournaments throughout the years. But am really disappointed that ticket buying fans have to put up with coolers, back packs and other team paraphernalia scattered throughout the stands including in the walkways. I’ve talked to a few other fans and they are in agreement with me. Why not designate the end of the bleachers as locations for the wrestler’s equipment? Leave the central part of the stands for the fans. A ticket paying fan shouldn’t have to go thru, step over or walk around equipment in an effort to find a seat. On top of that, think of us poor senior citizen types who may not be as agile as we were a few years ago. This constructive criticism isn’t zeroing in just on Hettinger’s tourney, but all tournament locations. Just one fan’s point of view.

Hettinger-Scranton’s sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

10-11 Jan, Varsity Wrestling at Miles City Tourney

11 Jan, Varsity Girls BB vs McIntosh at Hettinger

13 Jan, Varsity Girls BB vs Harding Co. at Scranton

14 Jan, Varsity Boys BB vs Beulah @ Hettinger

16 Jan, Varsity Boys BB at Harding Co.

16 Jan, Varsity Wrestling vs Killdeer at Hettinger


See you at the games.