Eye on Southwest N.D. Sports

The North Dakota high school wrestling season is over, and as usual it seemed to go by so fast.

Sheldon Christenson
Sheldon Christenson

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record

The North Dakota high school wrestling season is over, and as usual it seemed to go by so fast.  The Nighthawks did well as a young team in the state tourney.  They only graduate two wrestlers and with improving wrestlers like Carlos Martinez, Alec Andress, Logan Lochowitzer, Ethan Anderson, Issac Anderson, Jacob Schalesky, Paul Abrahamson and Dalton Schaefer to go along with proven wrestlers Kyle Burwick, Cale Schalesky and Colbey Steeke, they could very well finish higher next year.  Schaefer missed the post season tournaments due to a knee injury.  Next year’s tournament could be ‘who can finish in second place’ since Carrington is bringing back a strong lineup.

Burwick and Schalesky not only were state champs but they dominated their competition.  Counting both individual and dual matches, Burwick had six matches and pinned all of his competition.  A seventh match ended up being a forfeit win in the dual vs Pembina Co. North.  Schalesky had a total of seven matches and won four by pin and decision wins of 9-2, 15-9 and a 15-4 technical fall in the championship match.

One of the inspirational moments of the state tourney was watching Reid Mundahl of Rugby wrestle.  He came into the tournament seeded sixth at the 152 weight class.  He finished in seventh place.  What is different about him is that he is missing part of his left arm just past the elbow.

If you missed it, the Feb. 20 edition of The Dickinson Press had an excellent article on Sean Elkins, former Hettinger-Scranton wrestler who was a state champ twice.  He gives a lot of credit for his success on the mat to coach Randy Burwick.  Elkins now wrestles for Dickinson State and is doing well.  He currently has a 24-6 record for the 13th ranked NAIA Blue Hawks.

The Nighthawk girls basketball finished their season on Feb. 23 as they lost to Hazen in their first regional game.  The girls have some good young talent and I believe better seasons are in store for them.  They finished 8-15 this season.

Dickinson Trinity pulled off a big win by defeating no. 1 ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan 83-82.  Trinity has played some tough teams this year and appears to be ready for the Region 7 boys tournament.  It looks like Hettinger-Scranton (HS) will have a play-in game at home.  For HS to finish in third place and have an automatic berth in the tourney, they have to win their final game with Beach, and both Heart River and Beulah lose their final game.  Heart River has Bowman, and Beulah has Hazen.

SUPER-REGION 7 Boys Standings (Feb. 22)

1. New England 11-0 (18-2)

Heart River 9-2 (16-4)

Dickinson Trinity 9-2 (13-7)

Beulah 8-3 (15-4)

Hettinger-Scranton 8-3 (17-3)

Killdeer 7-4 (14-6)

Richardton-Taylor 5-6 (11-9)

Hazen 5-7 (13-7)

Mott-Regent 4-7 (7-13)

Bowman County 2-9 (2-18)

Beach 2-9 (4-16)

Glen Ullin-Hebron 2-9 (5-15)

13. Mandaree 0-12 (4-17)

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

Feb. 27, Boys varsity basketball at Beach

March 3, Boys varsity regional play-in game at Het

tinger

March 7, Huskies Little Kids Wrestling Tourney at

Hettinger

See you at the games.