The Night Hawk wrestlers took the weekend off last week to prepare for the final four weeks of the wrestling season.
By Nolan Dix | For The Record
The Night Hawk wrestlers took the weekend off last week to prepare for the final four weeks of the wrestling season. It seemed to have paid off as the Night Hawks placed seven wrestlers on the podium at this year’s East West Tournament. The East West features a majority of the wrestlers that will also be at the State Tournament.
At 106, Kyle Burwick, 8th-grader, went into the tourney as the number one seed. Burwick picked up two pins on Friday to get him set for the semifinal match on Saturday morning. Burwick picked up a 15 -9 win over Lucas Geiszler from Carrington, which sent him to the finals verse Jeremy Leints from Beulah/Hazen. Burwick dominated the championship match as he led the entire time until he pinned Leintz at the 4:31 mark of the match.
At 113, Cale Schalesky, 9th-grader, followed the same path as Burwick, as he went in as the number one seed in the tournament. Schalesky also picked up two pins on Friday to advance to the semis on Saturday morning. Schalesky came out quick and ended the match vs Tyler Hoggarth from Carrington with a pin in 1:27. That set up a championship match vs Ethan Elijah from Lisbon. Schalesky dominated the match with a 14-1 major decision to capture an East West Championship.
At 120, Chauncey Hughes, a senior, came into this year’s tournament as the number four seed. Chauncey also picked up two pins on Friday to send himself to the semi-finals. As the number four seed, Chanucey would be matched up against the number one seed and the number two wrestler in the state, Matthew Neumiller from Carrington. Hughes throws in the upset with a 13-9 win with a flurry of points in the last 15 seconds in the third period. That set up a championship match vs the number three seed Wyatt Ledoux from Minot Ryan. Hughes led most of the match, as Ledoux scored a two-point reversal with two seconds on the clock for the win. Hughes does take home a second place finish at the East West as a senior.
At 132, Alec Andress went 1-1 on Friday to send him back to the wrestle backs. Andress came to wrestle on Saturday as he picked up two wins to put him in the top eioght. Andress lost a 9-1 Decision to the number two seed Bryce Carr from Carrington. Andress would then square off against Logan Gumke of Watford City, a fourth rematch of these two on the season. Gumke led the whole way and took the win by a score of 10-8. Both wrestlers have won two matches vs the other, and could see each other two more times this year. Andress ended up placing sixth at this year’s East West.
At 152, sophomore Ethan Anderson came in as the eighth seed at the East West. Anderson would finish eighth at the tournament. He started of 1-1 on Friday and headed to the Wrestle Backs on Saturday morning. Anderson picked up a pin at :22 over Colton Rudolph from Stanley, to start the morning off. Anderson then ran into region rivals in the next two matches. Anderson lost to Jorgenson, Watford City, 6-4 in overtime. The lost to David Arthur, Killdeer, in the seventh place match by a 9-1 major decision.
The 195 class featured another sophomore, Jacob Schalesky with the sixth seed. Jacob Schalesky picked up two pins on Friday for the Night Hawks. Schalesky lost in the semifinals to Josh Voigt, from Lamoure, by pin at 3:09. Schalesky then picked up a 1:58 pin over Justin Helseth from Velva. That put Schalesky in the third place match vs Devon Berg, from Rugby. Berg pulled off a 7-5 decision and Jacob Schalesky took home fourth place.
At 220, Colbey Steeke, a junior, came in as the second seed.mSteeke had a first round bye and then grabbed a pin on Friday. The Saturday semifinal match was great until the third period. Steeke and Isaac Ripplinger,from Beulah-Hazen, battled for six minutes with Ripplinger winning the match 4-3. Steeke hit his head late in the third period and ended up defaulting out of the rest of the tournament. Colbey did end up sixth at this year’s East West. Both kids should be ranked two and three in the State.
The results of the rest of the Night Hawk wrestlers at this year’s East West are as follows: 126 Ty Warbis 1-2, 138 Ben Dalley 0-2, 145 Logan Lochowitzer 1-2, 160 Chet Westin 0-2, 170 Isaac Anderson 2-2, 182 Andrew Sulzman 0-2.
The Night Hawks finished third as a team at the East West behind Napoleon and Team Champion Carrington.
Team Scores: 1. Carrington 236.52; Napoleon 174.03; Hettinger 135.04; Oakes 117.55; Bishop Ryan 109.06; Beulah-Hazen 98.07; South Border 92.06; Beulah-Hazen 98.07; South Border 92.06; Lisbon 90.09; Hillsboro 89.010; Watford City 87.011; Velva 81.012; Standing Rock 71.013. Bowman County 69.514; Rugby 68.015; LaMoure 57.516; Killdeer 52.017; Stanley 46.518; Des Lacs-Burlington 39.019; New Salem-Almont 34.020; Northern Lights 25.021; Kenmare 18.022; New Town 16.023; Harvey 6.0.
Next up for the Hawks: Tues Feb 5th Home vs Beulah 530pm. Region 4 Team Dual Tourney in Hettinger 11a.m.