Hettinger wrestlers had a successful final tournament.
By COLE BENZ
The Hettinger Huskie USA Wrestling club finished their season on a high note in Jamestown at the State Freestyle and Greco wrestling tournament on April 29-30. The team sent nine wrestlers and placed seven of them.
Connor Andress placed third in Greco and fourth in freestyle. Cade Warbis placed fifth in Greco. Cooper Guthrie didn’t place in greco but wrestled to a 2nd-place finish in freestyle. Tyler Schalesky placed fifth in Greco and third in freestyle.
Isaac Guthrie and Skye Kramlich also competed, but neither place. Huskies head coach Randy Burwick said that both wrestlers won matches, and that Kramlich competed in the largest weight group in his age division.
After previously placing first at the Folkstyle state tournament, Kyle Burwick capped his season off by winning the North Dakota Triple Crown when he placed first in Greco and freestyle.
The Huskies started wrestling shortly after the high school wrestling season ended. This year they had over 60 kids come out for the team, and Burwick said he witnessed an improvement of his team from last year.
“It was crazy,” Burwick said about the change he saw from last season.
The Huskies usually wrestle between 40 and 50 matches of USA tournament wrestling each year, Burwick said. But they have a small turnout for the Greco and Freestyle tournament. Burwick thinks it’s because of the different type of format Greco and freestyle have compared to Folkstyle.
“We’ve got to overcome that,” he said.
Though numbers were in the ingle digits for Burwick’s team at this tournament, the nine that did attend was a high number compared to previous years.
“I believe [it’s] the most we’ve ever had,” he said.
Burwick, looking back on the season, said it was a great year.
“We just had a helluva year,” Burwick said. “It was a great year, great seeing that many kids out, all of them improved, all of them got better, and I think all of them had a great time.”