West Fargo’s Jared Franek and Hettinger’s Kyle Burwick, each with three North Dakota state wrestling titles to their name, represented the state this past weekend June 2-4 at the UWW Cadet championships in Akron, Ohio. Both wrestlers competed in the freestyle part of the Cadet competition.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
Franek, who is currently ranked 16th in the nation at 152 by Flowrestling, competed in the 69 KG weight division. Franek was a USA Wrestling Cadet national champion last summer in Fargo. Burwick is slated to compete in the 54 kg (119.05 lb) weight division. He was a USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle All American last summer at 113 pounds.
Burwick finished 2-2, two matches short of All American status. Burwick won his first match scoring a takedown in the final ten seconds to upend Dylan Shawver of Ohio 8-4. The three-time state champion was upended in the next round by Connecticut’s Jakob Camacho 10-0. Camacho went on to finish fourth in the tournament. He split his next two matches winning a 12-1 technical superiority victory over Eric Barnett of Wisconsin before losing to California’s Christian Nunez 5-3.
“I didn’t wrestle well in the first couple of matches,” Kyle Burwick said. “We were able to make some adjustments and I felt I wrestled better later in the day.” Burwick’s next action will be with team North Dakota at Junior Duals in Tulsa Oklahoma toward the end of June.
Burwick’s father, and coach, said he was happy with how Kyle handled himself at the tournament.
“Finishing with a 2-2 record at cadet world team trials in Akron Ohio, a top 12 finish, not bad for a kid from small town ND,” he said.
West Fargo 3X state champion Jared Franek finished fourth in a bracket of fifty wrestlers at the 69 KG (152 pound) weight division. The soon to be Packer senior from Harwood won four straight shutout technical fall victories, including a 10-0 win over top Michigan prospect Cameron Amine. In the semis, Franek’s fell to Will Lewan of Illinois 5-0. Franek won his consolation semifinal over Wisconsin’s Tyler Dow by 6-3 decision before falling in the third place match to Connor Brady of Ohio 11-3.