Eye on southwest North Dakota sports

The 2016-17 wrestling season has started.

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The 2016-17 wrestling season has started.  The Night Hawks open up with a quadrangle at New Town on Nov. 22.  Bowman Co. and Watford City are the other two teams.  After that, they are in the tough Mandan Lions tournament Dec. 2-3, which the Night Hawks will be the only Class B team entered.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) put a short preview of the upcoming wrestling season.  The following is the Class B portion of the preview:  “The Cardinals of Carrington dominated a year ago winning the team individual state championship with 237 points and the team dual championship 57-12 over Lisbon. Only one of Carrington’s five individual state champions from a year ago (sophomore Lucas Geiszler, 120 pounds) returns this season. Carrington also returns senior 285-pounder Bradee Schroeder, who was runner up at 285 a year ago and will enter the season as the preseason No. 1 ranked wrestler at that weight class.”

“Other returning Class B wrestlers that won state titles a year ago include: senior Jordan Will, Minot Bishop Ryan (defending 185-pound champion), senior Luke Hastings, Hillsboro/Central Valley (defending 160-pound champion), sophomore Kyle Burwick, Hettinger-Scranton (defending 113-pound champion) and sophomore Tayt Wolding, New Salem-Almont (defending 106-pound champion).”

Dickinson hosted a junior high wrestling tournament on Nov. 19.  Those that competed and how they finished were Cade Warbis-First, Tanner Defoe (6th-grader)-first, Josh Dix-second, Tristian Pekas-second, Miles Weichmann-second, Peyton Tuhy-second and Gavin Dalley-fourth.

North Dakota State will host a Division I FCS playoff game on Dec. 3 in a quest for their sixth straight FCS title.  They will take on the winner of Cal Poly and the University of San Diego.

The University of North Dakota made the playoffs for the first time and was awarded the No. 7 seed and will host the winner of Richmond and North Carolina A&T.

Region 7 volleyball champs Hazen were defeated by LaMoure in their first match at the state tourney.  LaMoure went on to win the state title while Hazen finished in sixth place.

Harding County’s volleyball team finished in seventh place in the South Dakota State Class B Volleyball Tournament.

LOOKING BACK 20 YEARS, Jan 1997:

A month ago the Hettinger Black Devils saw their 37 consecutive dual win streak come to a shuttering halt at the hands of the New Salem Holsteins.  After the 41-26 loss, Coach Randy Burwick was blunt.  “They’re awfully good.  They’re better than we are…right now.”

They faced off with New Salem again in the finale of the Hettinger Multiple Tournament after downing Hazen 54-16 and Center 54-12.  The Black Devils gained a measure of revenge as they defeated New Salem 54-23.  The keys to the victory were Cody Henderson, Tony Muggerud and Seth Olson.  In December the trio had been pinned, but in this match they all pinned the same opponent they had in the December match.  “That’s basically the whole meet right there,” Burwick said.

In the tournament, 152 pounder Kayle Dangerud was given the Terry Schwalbe Memorial Award as the outstanding wrestler of the 15 team tournament.  (excerpts taken from a Tony Bender article in the January 27, 1997 edition of the ACR)

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

–  Dec. 1, JH Girls Basketball at Bowman

–  Dec. 2, Girls Varsity & JV Basketball vs Linton at Linton

–  Dec. 3, Girls Varsity & JV Basketball vs Strasburg at Linton

–  Dec. 2-3, Varsity Wrestling at Mandan Middle School

–  Dec. 3, Wrestling Tourney at Napoleon

–  Dec. 3, JH Girls Basketball Jamboree at Hettinger

See you at the games!