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Night Hawks advance in dual tourney

Hettinger-Scranton senior Alec Andress, top, competes at 152 pounds against Sever Skjefte of Oakes during the quarterfinals of the Class B Team Dual Tournament on Thursday at the Fargodome. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

FARGO — The Hettinger-Scranton wrestling team earned bonus points in nine matches on Thursday, defeating Oakes in the first round of Class B team duals on the first day of the North Dakota state wrestling tournament at the Fargodome.

The No. 2-seeded Night Hawks picked up eight falls and one major decision against the Tornadoes, securing a 55-19 victory.

"We talked about, 'We need bonus points in duals,' and we got some opportunities to score some near falls. That was big for us," Hettinger-Scranton head coach Randy Burwick said.

Burwick's son, Kyle, started the match with a pin in 54 seconds against Austin Burgard at 120 pounds. After Oakes' Brackin Awender earned a fall in 3 minutes, 18 seconds against Chris Fisher, Hettinger-Scranton won at 132 and 138 pounds — Ty Warbis earned an 8-3 decision against Marc Seyer and Cale Schalesky pinned Trever Meyer in 57 seconds.

Warbis had lost a 9-6 decision to Carrington's Zach Broadwell, the No. 2 seed at 138 pounds, in the first round of the individual portion of the tournament, but Randy Burwick was impressed by his ability to bounce back.

"I was proud of Ty, coming back the way he did," he said. "That was a tough loss, and then he came back and beat a really good kid. That's big for him."

The Night Hawks then went on a roll, picking up falls from Alec Andress, Ethan Anderson and Isaac Anderson; and after Damon Cornelius' 8-0 major decision at 182 pounds, Paul Abrahamson, Jacob Schalesky and Conner Andress each recorded falls.

"I saw them wrestle as a team again," Randy Burwick said. "It's individual (in the morning), and then you have to flip the switch and come back and wrestle as a team, and we did that. I was really proud of them that way."

The win advances the Night Hawks to the team dual semifinals, where they will face Bishop Ryan, the No. 3 seed.

"All year, it's not so much the tournaments, but you should see our practices — it's wicked," Ethan Anderson said. "We put in the work there, and it pays off. I'm very confident with these guys."

On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Lisbon defeated Pembina County North 61-12, and fourth-seeded Carrington topped No. 5 Velva 53-28.

Hettinger-Scranton 55, Oakes 19

120: Kyle Burwick, HS, fall Austin Burgard, 0:54

126: Brackin Awender, Oakes, fall Chris Fisher, 3:18

132: Ty Warbis, HS, dec. Marc Seyer, 8-3

138: Cale Schalesky, HS, fall Trever Meyer, 0:57

145: Taylor Schall, Oakes, dec. Ben Dalley, 10-3

152: Alec Andress, HS, fall Sever Skjefte, 3:25

160: Ethan Anderson, HS, fall Logan Sell, 0:40

170: Isaac Anderson, HS, fall Christopher Schmit, 3:13

182: Damon Cornelius, HS, maj. dec. Gabe Quandt, 8-0

195: Paul Abrahamson, HS, fall Jacob Hankel, 1:26

220: Jacob Schalesky, HS, fall Hunter Greenmyer, 0:35

285: Jarod Roth, Oakes, fall Sam Urwiller, 1:06

106: Conner Andress, HS, fall John German, 1:05

113: Coy Awender, Oakes, maj. dec. Cade Warbis, 20-6

Lions overtake Bulldogs late

Four consecutive pins from Bishop Ryan led to Bowman County-Beach's downfall during the Class B team duals.

The No. 3-seeded Lions won by fall at 220 pounds, heavyweight, 106 pounds and 113 pounds to upend the Bulldogs 45-28 and advance to the semifinals of the dual tournament against second-seeded Hettinger-Scranton.

The Bulldogs started well, earning a 10-2 major decision from Jacoby Mattern at 120 pounds, followed by Alex Madrigal's pin at 126 and Cole Schmalz's decision at 132 for a 13-0 advantage.

Bishop Ryan's Kaleb Beeter got the Lions on the board with a pin over Tyson Mattern at 138 pounds, but Bowman County-Beach's Mathew Carlson responded with a pin of his own at 145 pounds.

Clayton Mattern earned a 1-0 win at 160 pounds, and Beau Jeffers won by fall in 3:11 at 195, but it was not enough to hold off the Lions.

The Bulldogs will dual against Oakes in the consolation semifinals on Friday.

Bishop Ryan 45, Bowman County-Beach 28

120: Jacoby Mattern, BCB, maj. dec. Chase Burke, 10-2

126: Alex Madrigal, BCB, fall Ethan Winick, 1:45

132: Cole Schmalz, BCB, dec. Murphy Lipp, 8-5

138: Kaleb Beeter, BR, fall Tyson Mattern, 3:30

145: Mathew Carlson, BCB, fall Luke Voorhies, 1:24

152: Konner Beeter, BR, fall Jacob Ruggles, 1:26

160: Clayton Mattern, BCB, dec. Cole Dauphinais, 1-0

170: Josh Johannson, BR, dec. Mitch Stuber, 9-5

182: Cody Luck, BR, forfeit.

195: Beau Jeffers, BCB, fall Jaxon Lundeen, 3:11

220: Jordan Will, BR, fall Nate Boehm, 0:46

285: Keegan Henjum, BR, fall Tristen Peterson, 3:32

106: Kersey Harris, BR, fall Tucker Strand, 1:43

113: Conner Ledoux, BR, fall Caydon Wolbaum, 0:43

Hettinger-Scranton sends 5 to semifinals

During the individual portion of the first day, seven Night Hawks won their first-round matches by fall.

Top-seeded Kyle Burwick won in 1:34 against Hunter Schultz of Lisbon at 120 pounds; Alec Andress needed just 40 seconds to pin Larimore's Auston Steffen at 145 pounds, and Ethan Anderson took care of Pembina County North's Dominic Calvillo in 56 seconds at 160 pounds; Jacob Schalesky earned a pin in 37 seconds at 220 points against Hunter Greenmyer of Oakes, and Isaac Anderson won in 1:18 at 170 pounds against Rugby's Cole Schneibel; Mason Defoe pinned Napoleon's Jarett Jangula in 3:05 at 113 pounds, and Cale Schalesky defeated Walter Winkler of Des Lacs-Burlington in 5:38 at 132 pounds.

Of those winners, Ethan Anderson, Burwick, Defoe and Cale and Jacob Schalesky won their quarterfinal matches to advance to Friday evening's semifinal round.

The Night Hawks collected 60.5 team points on the first day and sit in a tie for first place in the team standings with Carrington. Lisbon is in third place with 60 points.

Cale Schalesky, a junior, is the second seed at 132 pounds, and he defeated seventh-seeded Austin Hendrickson of Carrington via 21-4 technical fall in the quarters to end the first day unscathed. He was a state champion at 113 pounds as a freshman and he placed sixth last year at 132.

"I'm looking to get back on top this year," he said. "It's nice to go out and dominate kids and score when they make a bad mistake. ... I learn what shots they take on top and bottom, and then I make my own game plan."

Ethan Anderson, second-seeded as a senior at 160, followed up his fall against Calvillo, a sophomore, with a fall in 1:55 against Grafton's Noah Flores, the No. 7 seed.

"The first one, I had a kid from Pembina County and he's a good kid, but just a little inexperienced," Anderson said. "And this kid here (Flores), I've never seen him before, so I was excited to see what he would be like. ... What I just focus on is going out and doing what I know and not really caring about what they do — just being solid with what I do and make them wrestle my match."

This is Anderson's first time into the semifinals at the state tournament.

"The goal is still the top, but it's nice to be in the semis," he said.

Jacob Schalesky won by fall over Max Defender of Northern Lights in 1:18, Burwick pinned Cameron Taylor of Williams County in 1:04 and Defoe won a 4-2 decision against Rugby's Riley Zachmeier.

Area takedowns

Killdeer senior Dillan Jepson, seeded second at 182 pounds, has been to the semifinals before, but now he's looking to stay.

He's been in this situation in past years only to fall short of the finals, so he's hoping he can finally clear that hurdle today.

"This feels pretty good, I just have to keep the intensity going," Jepson said. "I have to wrestle my match and not have any mental flaws."

Jepson started with a 16-second fall against Linton-HMB's Braydon Schmidt. In the quarterfinals, he built a 14-1 lead on Damian Eslinger of Beulah-Hazen before recording the fall in 3:50.

He will be Killdeer's only representative in the semifinals after Rope Smith, Tony Kluver and Cole Dukart all lost their quarterfinal bouts.

On the other side of the 182-pound bracket, Watford City junior Connor Dennis advanced into the semis after a fall in 2:48 against Landon Smith of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion in the first round and an 8-1 decision over Kobe Murphy of Standing Rock in the quarterfinals.

Dennis will be joined in the semifinals by Wolves teammate Braedon Gumke, who picked up a fall and a major decision at 120 pounds.

Alex Madrigal of Bowman County-Beach also earned a spot in the semifinals at 120 pounds following a pair of falls against Michael Clifton of Carrington and Austin Burgard of Oakes.

Parker Cotton

Cotton is the sports editor at The Press, where he covers the area's high schools. He came to The Press as the Multimedia Editor in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his master's degree in Sociological Practice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Sociology from UNC, as well. 

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