Night Hawks down Watford City in wrestling

It was a great night for high school wrestling, two good teams, parent’s night and a large crowd.  This was also the first time that a wrestling match was conducted at Scranton.


It was special for stand out Night Hawk wrestler Colbey Steeke who is a senior and attends school at Scranton.  When they introduced the wrestlers along with the parents Colbey and his parents, Misty and Trevor Steeke, received the loudest ovation from the crowd.

The top match of the evening was Steeke vs Jake Belland, the No. 1 and No. 2 rated wrestlers in Class B in the state at 220 weight class.  Steeke came out on top with a 5-0 decision.

The Night Hawk wrestlers really stepped up and the match ended pretty much one-sided as they downed the Watford City Wolves 49-18.  They won 10 of the 14 weight classes with two coming from Watford City forfeits.

The win maintains the Night Hawks first place standing in Region 4 with a 5-0 record.  The Wolves dropped to 2-3 in the region.  But regular season records won’t matter for seeding the top two teams who will then advance to the state tourney.  The Region 4 dual tournament scheduled for Feb. 5 at Killdeer will decide the top two dual teams.  It is not unusual for the make-up of a team to change at this time due to injuries, either a wrestler not able to compete or a wrestler coming off an injury.  Currently the Night Hawks and Beulah-Hazen are favored to finish in the top two positions.

It was announced at the match that long time official Scott Besler will be retiring after 29 years.  Scott provided me his comments on the Dakota Grappler web site.

“Just thought it was time to let the next generation take their turn including my son who is in his seventh year.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the years as I’ve worked a lot of great tournaments and met many great kids and families.  There is no sport that has the camaraderie among contestants and families that wrestling does and that I will miss that.  Western ND and NW SD are in desperate need of officials so if any of you have been thinking about doing it, now is the time.”

106: Mason Defoe (HETT) over Liam Shannon (WACI) (Dec 3-1) 113: Kyle Burwick (HETT) over Jake Leppell (WACI) (Fall 2:31) 120: Carlos Martinez (HETT) over Braedon Gumke (WACI) (Dec 8-1) 126: Dakota Garmann (WACI) over Braden Kline (HETT) (Dec 9-5) 132: Cale Schalesky (HETT) over Antonio Garcia (WACI) (Fall 1:51) 138: Jade Hepper (WACI) over Ben Dalley (HETT) (Fall 2:57) 145: Alec Andress (HETT) over Hunter Schwartzenberger (WACI) (TF 18-3 4:27) 152: Kyle Cook (WACI) over Logan Lachowitzer (HETT) (Dec 6-4) 160: Ethan Anderson (HETT) over (WACI) (For.) 170: Issac Anderson (HETT) over Carlton Turnquist (WACI) (TF 16-0 3:21) 182: Connor Dennis (WACI) over Andrew Sulzman (HETT) (Fall 3:11) 195: Paul Abrahamson (HETT) over (WACI) (For.) 220: Colbey Steeke (HETT) over Jake Belland (WACI) (Dec 5-0) 285: Jacob Schalesky (HETT) over Jackson Faller (WACI) (Fall 4:42)