Eye on southwest ND sports

Head Coach Randy Burwick had the following comments on the Miles City tourney and the injury to Cale Schalesky:  “Cale reinjured his elbow in Miles City and I held him out just for precaution….

Head Coach Randy Burwick had the following comments on the Miles City tourney and the injury to Cale Schalesky:  “Cale reinjured his elbow in Miles City and I held him out just for precaution.  At the Cowboy tourney we wrestled really well I felt that we were very aggressive and we held position very well.  I felt we wrestled with allot of confidence and we definitely were the team in the best shape.  I am very proud of all my guys for the way that they competed.”

A couple of notes from the Miles City tourney.  Kyle Burwick defeated Billings Senior two-time state champ junior Charlie Klepps, 7-2.  Klepps came into the tourney with a 26-1 record at 120 and ranked first in the Montana poll.  Ethan Anderson defeated Jacob Fritzler, 8-1, for third place.  Billings Senior’s  Fritzler came into the tourney with a 15-10 record and ranked third at 160.

At the New Salem quad on Jan. 17 the Night Hawks defeated New Salem 45-33 and Standing Rock, 72-9.

The Night Hawk wrestler finished fourth at the Moorecroft tourney in which Moorecroft won.  Mason Defoe, Kyle Burwick and Cale Schalesky finished in first place in their weight class.  Other place winners were Cade Warbis and Ethan Anderson third, Ty Warbis and Jacob Schalesky fourth, Connor Andress fifth and Ben Dalley sixth.

The following is some history on Montana High School wrestling.  Montana High School Association (MHSA) sanctioned one class of wrestling in 1956 for all competing schools. In 1958 AA and A-B-C champions were named and finally three classes were arranged with AA, A and B-C continuing to the present. The state tournaments were held at separate sites until 1988 when The All Class Wrestling Tournament was initiated at MetraPark in Billings with wrestling occurring on twelve mats. It has grown to be one of the MHSA’s most popular events, breaking gate records every year, but one, since its inception.

I see that Lisbon won their own Invitational Wrestling Tournament as they easily outdistanced second place Bismarck St. Mary’s by 61.5 points.  The only Region 4 team in the tourney was Killdeer and they finished 12th out of 19 teams.

Class B Team Individual Tournament Rankings as of Jan. 24 as cited in Rick Mathern’s web site “Headlock”.

1.  Lisbon (80)

2.  Pembina County North (67)

3.  Hettinger-Scranton  (64)

4.  Carrington (60)

5.  New Salem-Almont (53)

6.  Bishop Ryan (50)

7.  Napoleon-GS  (40)

8.  Hillsboro-CV  (39)

9.  Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm  (27)

10.  Watford City (25)

Mathern has the following rankings for the dual portion of the state tourney.

1.  Lisbon

2.  Hettinger-Scranton

3.  Bishop Ryan

4.  South Border

5.  Central Cass

6.  Carrington

7.  Pembina County North

8.  Hillsboro CV

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

–  Jan. 27, Boys Varsity Basketball vs Richardton-Taylor at Hettinger

–  Jan. 28-27, Boys Varsity Wrestling at New Salem, East-West Tourney

–  Jan. 30, Girls Varsity Basketball vs Heart River at South Heart

–  Jan. 31, Boys Varsity Basketball vs Heart River at Scranton

–  Feb. 2, Varsity Wrestling Quad at Hettinger

–  Feb. 2, Girls Varsity Basketball vs Beach at Scranton

–  Feb. 3, Boys Varsity Basketball at Glen Ullin

– Feb. 4, Boys Varsity Wrestling at New Salem, Region 4 Dual Tourney

See you at the games!