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Champions crowned: Burwick, Schalesky take home Class B state titles for Night Hawks

FARGO -- One of the key ingredients to be a good wrestler is to have a good practice partner. Hettinger-Scranton eighth-grader Kyle Burwick and freshman Cale Schalesky proved that during the North Dakota Class B state wrestling tournament on Satu...

Kyle Burwick
Press Photos by Royal McGregor Hettinger-Scranton eighth-grader Kyle Burwick, right, hugs his father and the head coach for the Night Hawks Randy Burwick after winning a state championship at 106 pounds during the North Dakota Class B state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Fargodome.

FARGO - One of the key ingredients to be a good wrestler is to have a good practice partner.
Hettinger-Scranton eighth-grader Kyle Burwick and freshman Cale Schalesky proved that during the North Dakota Class B state wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Practice partners Burwick and Schalesky won state titles at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively, at the Fargodome.
“Training together has made us so much better than if we were training on our own,” Burwick said. “If you have two great, hard working training partners, they are going to be good. They will have equal amounts of success.”
In the first match of the finals, Burwick picked up a pin against Beulah-Hazen’s Jeremy Leintz in 3 minutes, 48 seconds.
Though Burwick met Leintz multiple times this season, the
Hettinger-Scranton eighth-grader couldn’t take anything for granted.
“I told myself going in whatever happens just wrestle to win the positions and just wrestle solid,” Burwick said. “I didn’t put any pressure on myself, because pressure isn’t even real.”
The entire time Burwick was wrestling Schalesky was warming up close by.
When Schalesky saw Burwick win the 106-pound state title, the Hettinger-Scranton freshman didn’t want to go home empty-handed.
“I thought to myself, if Kyle is going to win one than I should win one too,” Schalesky said with a smile.
Schalesky rolled up a 15-4 major decision against Lisbon Ethan Elijah. The sophomore from Lisbon won the state title at 106 pounds last year.
“I felt like if I was aggressive right away, I would be able to get my shots that I wanted and I got those shots,” Schalesky said.
Just like Schalesky was cheering on Burwick during his state title match, Burwick returned the favor when Schalesky took the mat.
“That was great to watch Cale win,” Burwick said. “He went to dominate. He wrestled to win the positions. That’s what our coaches were preaching to us before the match. We didn’t focus on winning or losing. We focused on winning the positions.”
Hettinger-Scranton head coach Randy Burwick couldn’t be proud of his team throughout the state tournament.
The Night Hawks claimed four placements, which included two state championships.
“When you can go and win two state championships with those young bucks, it’s a lot of fun,” Randy Burwick said. “Our team wrestled really well. We grew up a little bit over this weekend. A lot of guys got the burning desire to get better next year.”
Kyle Burwick, who is Randy’s son, said it was a relief when the match was over to jump in his father’s arms.
“I knew everything that I worked for from when I started wrestle to now has been worth it,” Kyle Burwick said with a smile. “All the extra time and extra hours all paid off. It will continue to pay off if I keep working harder.”
The other two placers for the Night Hawks were senior Chauncey Hughes (120) in seventh, while junior Colbey Steeke (220) took fifth.
It was the first time in five trips to the state tournament that Hughes placed.
“For him to stay composed and knowing it was his last match, he did what he had to do and ended it with a pin,” Randy Burwick said about the senior. “We are definitely going to miss him. I love him to death. For him to go out that way, it was a fitting way to go.”
Bowman County’s Carlson grabs third
Mathew Carlson had his first taste of the state wrestling tournament when he was an eighth-grader.
Though he didn’t place during his first year at the state meet, Carlson grew by leaps and bounds over the next two seasons.
Carlson grabbed third place at 138 pounds for Bowman County’s highest place winner.
“That first year got a lot of the state tournament jitters out,” Carlson said. “The next year I did better and it has just been continuing to get better.”
The Bulldogs also had Troy Steele (160) and Alex Madrigal (106) take fifth, while Tyler Longland (132) placed eighth.
Steele is the only placer for Bowman County that will graduate.
Carlson believes the team can build off their experiences.
“With people coming back, it means there will be the same guys in the room, same guys to practice and everybody is trying to work hard to get better every year,” he said.
Jepson takes fifth for Cowboys
The Killdeer wrestling team wrapped up its trip at the state tournament with four placers.
Dillan Jepson - a sophomore at 182 pounds - took the top spot for the Cowboys with a 16-7 major decision over Napoleon’s Alec Mann during the fifth-place match.
The other placers for Killdeer included Derek Tabor (160) in sixth, Dane Larsen (170) claimed seventh and Tanner Rohde (145) grabbed eighth.
Five of the six state qualifiers will return for the Cowboys next season.
Jepson hopes the team can continually learn from the state-like atmosphere.
“We are going to be a lot more experienced,” he said. “It will help us push ourselves even harder.”

Class B
Individual results
Team totals
Carrington 233, Napoleon 138, Oakes 115.5, South Border 109.5, Beulah-Hazen 97.5, Pembina County North 97, Hettinger 86, Hillsboro-Central Valley 77, Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock 75, Minot Ryan 69, Lisbon 68.5, Standing Rock 66, Central Cass 58, Velva 57, Bowman County 44, Watford City 44, Killdeer 34, Rugby 32, May-Port-CG 30, Grafton 29, Kindred 28, LaMoure 26.5, Stanley-Powers Lake 22, Des Lacs-Burlington 21, Harvey-Wells County 19, Larimore 17, Kenmare-Bowbells 14, New Town 14, New Salem-Almont 12, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm 7, Northern Lights 3, Williams County 2, Mondak Thunder 0.
106 pounds
Championship: Kyle Burwick, Hettinger, pin Jeremy Leintz, BH, 3:48.
Third place: Lucas Geiszler, Carrington, pin Garrett Jangula, Napoleon, 3:42.
Fifth place: Alex Madrigal, BC, dec. Darin VanGorkom, SB, 5-0.
Seventh place: Coy Awender, Oakes, dec. Chauncey Dittus, NSA, 4-2.
113 pounds
Championship: Cale Schalesky, Hettinger, maj. dec. Ethan Elijah, Lisbon, 15-4.
Third place: Braydin Jangula, Napoleon, pin Brandon Oien, LHMB, 2:28.
Fifth place: Andrew Jahnke, CC, maj. dec. Alex Alfson, HCV, 20-7.
Seventh place: Tyler Hoggarth, Carrington, pin Mark Jochim, SB, 1:17.
120 pounds
Championship: Mathew Neumiller, Carrington, maj. dec. Rafe Schill 10-0.
Third place: Michael Zink, Kindred, maj. dec. Brock Aberle, Lisbon, 10-1.
Fifth place: Wyatt Ledoux, MR, wins by forfeit over Josh Schlosser, LHMB.
Seventh place: Chauncey Hughes, Hettinger, pin Dakota Garmann, WC, 3:45.
126 pounds
Championship: Tyler Keener, SR, dec. Brett Verville, PCN, 8-4.
Third place: Jade Hepper, WC, dec. Aaron Sandy, MR, 7-2.
Fifth place: Lane Berg, CC, dec. Grayson Roney, Oakes, 5-3.
Seventh place: Wyatt Nagel, LHMB, dec. Elijah Hackman, Velva, 10-6.
132 pounds
Championship: Kyle Moch, LHMB, pin Caleb Dorich, LaMoure, 3:45.
Third place: Bryce Carr, Carrington, dec. Jeseb Mogen, Velva, 11-4.
Fifth place: Brenden Harrison, SR, maj. dec. Brandon Henn, HCV, 15-6.
Seventh place: Logan Gumke, WC, dec. Tyler Longland, BC, 9-3.
138 pounds
Championship: Erik Loepp, Oakes, dec. Luke Hastings, HCV, 5-2.
Third place: Mathew Carlson, BC, dec. Kaden Wolsky, Carrington, 7-2.
Fifth place: Dalton Reinke, Lisbon, dec. Troy Wiegandt, Larimore, 1-0.
Seventh place: Joshua Snyder, BH, dec. Cole Dauphinais, MR, 8-2.
145 pounds
Championship: Walker Carr, Carrington, dec. Andy Nolz, South Border, 6-5.
Third place: Gabe Schill, PCN, dec. Bradley Ladwig, SPL, 11-9.
Fifth place: Rylan Jacob, LHMB, maj. dec. Mark Hastings, HCV, 12-2.
Seventh place: Tanner Rohde, Killdeer, dec. Coleton Jore, WC, 10-5.
152 pounds
Championship: Billy Holtan, Carrington, dec. Jaron Lunday, Grafton, 7-5.
Third place: Carson Koble, HWC, maj. dec. Mason Brudevold, Velva, 10-1.
Fifth place: Nate Volk, CC, dec. Konner Beeter, MR, 6-3.
Seventh place: Reid Mundahl, Rugby, wins by forfeit over Austin Becker, Napoleon.
160 pounds
Championship: Nash Bettenhausen, SB, dec. Jonathon Grunefelder, Napoleon, 11-6.
Third place: Chaz Bauer, Carrington, dec. Austin Kelly, Oakes, 2-1.
Fifth place: Troy Steele, BC, dec. Derek Tabor, Killdeer, 6-4.
Seventh place: Corbin Manley, MR, pin Carter Brown, PCN, 2:23.
170 pounds
Championship: Brayden Kuntz, SB, dec. Bridger Anderson, Carrington, 9-3.
Third place: Dalten Jangula, Napoleon, dec. Zeb Demaray, NT, 8-4.
Fifth place: Alex Giese, KB, maj. dec. Kobe Murphy, SR, 14-3.
Seventh place: Dane Larsen, Killdeer, dec. Jarod Roth, Oakes, 8-6.
182 pounds
Championship: Riley Lura, Carrington, dec. Soren Mc
Third place: Justice Roundy, BH, dec. Trevor Meidinger, SB, 3-1.
Fifth place: Dillan Jepson, Killdeer, maj. dec. Alec Mann, Napoleon, 16-7.
Seventh place: Jordan Will, MR, pin Garret Roemmich, LHMB, 3:33.
195 pounds
Championship: Josh Gapp, MPCG, dec. Jed Bopp, Oakes, 3-2.
Third place: Matthew Gross, Napoleon, pin Alex Barbion, BH, 2:08.
Fifth place: Devon Berg, Rugby, maj. dec. Justin Helseth, Velva, 9-1.
Seventh place: Josh Voigt, LaMoure, pin Seth Zink, Carrington, :52.
220 pounds
Championship: Nick Becker, Napoleon, dec. Isaac Ripplinger, BH, 6-3.
Third place: Wyatt Schultz, HCV, dec. Jeff Stith, PCN, 7-2.
Fifth place: Colbey Steeke, Hettinger, dec. Cole Kelly, Oakes, 4-1.
Seventh place: Richard Rico, SB, dec. Jake Belland, WC, 5-2.
285 pounds
Championship: Michael Kelly, Oakes, dec. Bradee Schroeder, Carrington, 5-1.
Third place: Denzel Sanders, BH, dec. Steven Harrison, SR, 6-4.
Fifth place: Devin Roesler, CC, dec. Brady Siebels, HCV, 7-2.
Seventh place: Austin Moen, DLB, pin Chris Lawson, Velva, :19.

Cale Schalesky
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Hettinger-Scranton freshman Cale Schalesky, left, tries to escape from Lisbon’s Ethan Elijah during the 113-pound state championship match during the North Dakota Class B state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Fargodome.

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