The Nighthawks ended their dual portion of the season by taking the championship of the Region 4 Dual Tournament in two tight matches on Feb. 7.
By Sheldon Christenson | For The Record
The Nighthawks ended their dual portion of the season by taking the championship of the Region 4 Dual Tournament in two tight matches on Feb. 7. But before the weekend they had to wrestle Beulah-Hazen (BH) on Feb. 5 to determine seeding for the tournament. The Nighthawks came out on top in that match, 47-27. They secured the No. 1 seed with that victory and had to wrestle Beulah-Hazen again in their first match of the tourney. This time it was not so easy, as they narrowly pulled out a 38-36 win. Beulah-Hazen came into the tourney as the No. 4 seed.
Matchup results are as follows: 106-Kyle Burwich (Hett.) MD 11-3 over Jeremy Leintz (Beulah-Hazen); 113-Cale Schalesky (Hett.), fall at :25 over Brandon Snyder (BH); 120-Braden Kline (Hett.), fall at 3:27 over Jacob Scheer (BH); 126-Chauncey Hughes (Hett.) forfeit win; 132-Alec Andress (Hett.), fall at 2:00 over Ethan Lagge (BH); 138-Ben Dalley (Hett.) forfeit win; 145-Tyler Erickson (BH), dec. 8-4 over Logan Lachowitzer (Hett.); 152- Ethan Anderson (Hett.) MD 14-1 over Damian Slinger (BH); 160-Thomas Leintz (BH), fall at 1:32 over Chet Westing (Hett.); 170-Tyrel Mellmer (BH), fall at 3:10 over Issac Anderson (Hett.); 182-Justice Round (BH), fall at 3:49 over Andrew Sulzman (Hett.); 195-Alex Bambino (BH), fall at 5:54 over Jacob Schalesky (Hett.); 220-Denzel Sanders (BH) forfeit win; 285-Isaac Rippling (BH) over Colbey Steeke (Hett.) (OT 3-1).
In the other opening round match #2 seed Bowman took on #3 seed Watford City with Bowman coming out on top, 34-25. That pitted Bowman against the Nighthawks in the championship match. That match turned into another close battle with Kyle Burwick needing at least a major decision or better to ensure the Nighthawk victory in the last match. He pulled it off with a first period fall to give the Nighthawks a 36-33 win. The match started at 113 which put the 106 match as the final match.
Match results against Bowman County (BC) are as follows: 106-Kyle Burwick (Hett.), fall at :49 over DJ Martian (BC); 113-Cale Schalesky (Hett.), fall at 1:48 over Mitch Stuber (BC); 120-Chauncey Hughes (Hett.), fall at 3:10 over Jacob Ruggles (BC); 126-Clayton Mattern (BC), fall at 5:50 over Carlos Martinez (Hett.); 132-Tyler Longland (BC) 9-5 dec. over Alec Andress (Hett.); 138-Mathew Carlson (BC), fall at :16 over Ben Dalley (Hett.); 145-Logan Lachowitzer (Hett.) 8-1 dec. over Brayden Jorgensen (BC); 152-Ethan Anderson (Hett.), fall at 1:27 over Lane Jeffers (BC); 160-Tel Lardy (BC), fall at 1:08 over Chet Westin (Hett.); 170-Troy Steele (BC), fall at 1:51 over Issac Anderson (Hett.); 182-Sterling Lee (BC), fall at 1:10 over Andrew Sulzman (Hett.); 195-Jacob Schalesky (Hett.), fall at 1:19 over Beau Jeffers (BC); 220-Double Forfeit; 285-Colby Steeke (Hett.) 4-0 dec. over Jason Schade (BC).
Since Beulah-Hazen had not wrestled Bowman, they could challenge Bowman for the No. 2 slot, and a spot in the dual portion of the State Class B tournament. Only the first and second place region dual winners go to state. Beulah-Hazen managed to pull that match out 41-36. Bowman had a lead of 36-17 after the first 10 matches, but Beulah-Hazen scored 24 points in the last four matches, two by fall and two by forfeit, to take the win.
The other Region 4 teams, New Salem, Standing Rock and Killdeer, did not participate. I talked to Nighthawk coach Randy Burwick, he wasn’t sure why they were not there. I can only assume they had a lack of wrestlers to make them competitive. The Region 4 individual tournament will have all seven Region 4 teams involved and will take place on Feb. 14 at Standing Rock. This is the first time that they have hosted this tourney. Top four in each weight class will advance to the state tournament in Fargo, Feb. 19-21.