Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks’ Kyle Burwick wins second state championship

FARGO -- Kyle Burwick again raced off the mat a champion.After winning the state championship at 106 pounds last season as an eighth-grader, the Hettinger-Scranton freshman took the 113-pound championship Saturday in the Class B state tournament ...

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Hettinger-Scranton freshman Kyle Burwick, left, attempts to pin New Salem-Almont freshman Chauncey Dittus during the Class B 113-pound championship match Saturday at the Fargodome. Burwick won a 12-0 major decision to become a two-time state champion. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

FARGO - Kyle Burwick again raced off the mat a champion.
After winning the state championship at 106 pounds last season as an eighth-grader, the Hettinger-Scranton freshman took the 113-pound championship Saturday in the Class B state tournament at the Fargodome.
Following the 12-0 major decision victory over New Salem-Almont freshman Chauncey Dittus, Burwick flexed and pointed to the sizable crowd of Night Hawks fans and bolted off the mat, leaping into the arms of his father and head coach Randy Burwick.
They got to share another state title.
“I knew when that final whistle blew,” Kyle said, “everything I had done to get to that point, it all paid off right there.”
Kyle finishes his season with a 48-3 record.
“This is a stage Kyle likes to wrestle on,” Randy said. “He likes the big arenas, and he did what he had to do. He wanted to dominate all the positions, and that’s exactly what he did. He kept battling and wrestled within himself and stayed with what he does best.”
Kyle earned a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the first period and chose the down position to start the second. After earning an escape, he tallied another takedown and another two-point nearfall, taking a 9-0 lead into the final period.
“Right there, I knew I wasn’t comfortable with four points (after the first),” Kyle said. “I wanted to get out right away and widen the gap. I focus on getting that first takedown and earning those points on top. I wanted to break the match open.”
To be a two-time state champion this early in his career, Kyle said, is great, but he doesn’t want to get complacent.
“It means a lot to me, but I don’t want to focus on that,” he said. “I always want to keep moving forward. I want to be beating all the competition I can, staying hungry, training harder, dieting smart. To me, it means I need to work harder and not stop there.”
As a coach and as a father, Randy was beaming.
“I’m proud of him, and I’m so happy for him,” he said. “I know what he does. I know how much time he puts in.”
Steeke falls in 220 championship
Michael Lafferty had one more upset in him, and it made him a state champion.
The Pembina County North senior, who came in seeded seventh at 220 pounds, knocked off three higher seeds

in the final three rounds of the state tournament, the final victory coming Saturday evening against top-seeded Colby Steeke of Hettinger-Scranton in the championship match.
Lafferty won a 9-6 decision.
“(Lafferty is) an extremely fierce competitor,” Steeke said. “He wrestled a great tournament as the seven seed. He earned it, there’s no doubt about it.”
Lafferty started strong, earning a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the first period, forcing Steeke to battle from behind.
“I think right away, when (Steeke) got four-pointed, he didn’t respond to that well,” Randy said. “He wrestled as hard as he could. That’s how he is. It sucks because I know how much he put in. Colbey’s worked for that his whole life.”
Steeke and Lafferty traded scoring shots and close calls through the final two periods, but most fell out of bounds, negating the score. Lafferty was called for his second stalling warning in the waning moments of the third period, giving Steeke another point, but Lafferty still led 7-6.
Steeke was tripped up going for a takedown, and Lafferty took advantage, scoring one of his own in the final seconds to account for the final margin.
Steeke ends his season with a 51-3 record and the highest-placing finish of his career.
“Wrestling taught me more than I ever could have dreamed of,” he said. “It’s been a great ride, and I’m not sure if it’ll end yet. I know I left everything out there. It just didn’t swing my way.”
Night Hawks place 10
Along with their title match participants, the Night Hawks are headed home with eight other state tournament placers.
Junior Alec Andress lost his final match Saturday, a 10-4 decision to Central Cass senior Nate Volk, but Andress still placed fourth at 145 pounds. Eighth-grader Mason Defoe won his fifth-place match at 106 pounds, a 5-2 decision of Bishop Ryan sophomore Conner Ledoux.
Hettinger-Scranton junior Ethan Anderson earned a 9-7 sudden victory decision over Bowman County-Beach junior Sterling Lee in the fifth-place match at 160 pounds.
“I lost to him at the Hettinger Classic and at the East-West Tournament at New Salem, and I lost to him at the regions, but I finally got him,” said Anderson, who placed at the state tournament in his first visit. “This feels really awesome. (Lee) did great here. We’re good friends too. It’s great to see him do well too.”
Other placers for the Night Hawks were sophomore Cale Schalesky (sixth, 132 pounds) sophomore Isaac Anderson (seventh, 170), junior Jacob Schalesky (sixth, 195), freshman Carlos Martinez (seventh, 120) and junior Logan Lachowitzer (eighth, 152).
“For us to come in and do what we did,” Randy said, “come away with 10 state placers, a state champion, two state finalists, we’re going to hold our heads high and be proud of what we’ve done. This has been a great group to work with. Ten place winners is a testament to their work. We battled for three days.”

Class B state wrestling results
Individual results
Team totals
Carrington 237, Pembina County North 144, Hettinger-Scranton 135, Lisbon 124.5, Minot Ryan 98, Oakes 88.5, Napoleon-GS 84, New Salem-Almont 74, Linton-HMB 70.5, Beulah-Hazen 70, Central Cass 70, Velva 66, Hillsboro-Central Valley 64, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm 48, Watford City 48, Bowman County-Beach 47, Stanley-Powers Lake 38, Des Lacs-Burlington 36.5, Killdeer 35.5, Larimore 32, South Border 32, Rugby 29, Williams County 26, Standing Rock 20.5, Kindred 15, Kenmare-Bowbells 11, Grafton 10, May-Port-CG 9, New Town-Parshall 9, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 4, Northern Lights 4, Harvey-Wells County 1, MonDak 0.

106 pounds
Championship: Wolding, New Salem-Almont, dec. Zachmeier, Rugby, 6-2.
Third place: Awender, Oakes, dec. Nagel, Linton-HMB, 6-0.
Fifth place: Defoe, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Ledoux, Ryan, 5-2.
Seventh place: Shannon, Watford City, pinned Alfson, Hillsboro-CV, 3:19.

113 pounds
Championship: Burwick, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Dittus, New Salem-Almont, 12-0.
Third place: Urlaub, Pembina County North, dec. Madrigal, Bowman County, 7-1.
Fifth place: Meiers, Stanley-PL, dec. Burgard, Oakes, 7-2.
Seventh place: Gumke, Watford City, dec. Hendrickson, Carrington, 8-6 (ot).


120 pounds
Championship: Geiszler, Carrington, dec. Jangula, Napoleon, 8-0.
Third place: Leintz, Beulah-Hazen, dec. Sweeney, Larimore, 1-0.
Fifth place: Schill, Pembina County North, dec. Irwin, New Salem-Almont, 4-2.
Seventh place: Martinez, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Spooner, Des Lacs-Burlington, 2-0.
126 pounds
Championship: Roney, Oakes, dec. Jangula, Napoleon, 5-4.
Third place: Verville, Pembina County North, pinned Alfson, Hillsboro-CV, 1:43.
Fifth place: Vangorkom, South Border, won by forfeit over Oien, Linton-HMB.
Seventh place: Hoggarth, Carrington, dec. Burtch, Kenmare-Bowbells, 5-4.

132 pounds
Championship: Mogen, Velva, dec. Nagel, Linton-HMB, 5-1.
Third place: Jahnke, Central Cass, dec. Aberle, Lisbon, 8-5.
Fifth place: Mattern, Bowman County, won by forfeit over Schalesky, Hettinger-Scranton.
Seventh place: Bartuska, Des Lacs-Burlington, pinned Litton, Pembina County North, 3:47.

138 pounds
Championship: Horgan, Pembina County, dec. Elijah, Lisbon, 7-3.
Third place: Carr, Carrington, pinned Weigel, Napoleon, 1:09.
Fifth place: Hackman, Velva, won by forfeit over Moch, Linton-HMB.
Seventh place: Bakke, Kindred, dec. Jaeger, Rugby, 8-6.

145 pounds
Championship: Carr, Carrington, dec. Sandy, Ryan, 6-2.
Third place: Volk, Central Cass, dec. Andress, Hettinger-Scranton, 10-4.
Fifth place: Snyder, Beulah-Hazen, dec. Hepper,Watford City, 10-7.
Seventh place: Bitz, Napoleon, dec. Carlson, Bowman County, 6-1.

152 pounds
Championship: Holtan, Carrington, dec. Beeter, Ryan, 7-5.
Third place: Ladwig, Stanley-PL, tech. fall Reinke, Lisbon, 15-0.
Fifth place: Weigandt, Larimore, dec. Hastings, Hillsboro-CV, 4-0.
Seventh place: Flores, Grafton, pinned Lachowitzer, Hettinger-Scranton, 2:21.

160 pounds
Championship: Hastings, Hillsboro-CV, dec. Urbach, Lisbon, 7-5.
Third place: Wolsky, Carrington, dec. Dauphinais, Ryan, 8-4.
Fifth place: Anderson, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Lee, Bowman County, 5-3 (ot).
Seventh place: Urlaub, Pembina County North, pinned Ellingson, EEK, 1:00.

170 pounds
Championship: Anderson, Carrington, dec. Grunefelder, Napoleon, 6-4 (ot).
Third place: Tabor, Killdeer, dec. Brown, Pembina County North, 8-4.
Fifth place: Grueneich, EEK, pinned Canfield, Williams County, 2:19.
Seventh place: Anderson, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Johnson, Lisbon, 3:38.

182 pounds
Championship: Lura, Carrington, dec. McDaniel, Lisbon, 5-4.
Third place: Jepson, Killdeer, dec. Murphy, Standing Rock, 8-3.
Fifth place: Forster, New Salem-Almont, dec. Roth, Oakes, 5-2.
Seventh place: Kuntz, South Border, pinned Jesz, Kenmare-Bowbells, 1:36.


195 pounds
Championship: Will, Ryan, dec. Barbion, Beulah-Hazen, 4-3.
Third place: Helseth, Velva, pinned Roemmich, Linton-HMB, 1:42.
Fifth place: Larson, Carrington, pinned Schalesky, Hetting-Scranton, 3:38.
Seventh place: Nitschke, EEK, pinned Kelly, Lisbon, 2:42.

220 pounds
Championship: Lafferty, Pembina County North, dec. Steeke, Hettinger-Scranton, 9-6.
Third place: Belland, Watford City, dec. Rasmussen, Williston, 2-1.
Fifth place: Copenhaver, Carrington, pinned Sanders, Beulah-Hazen, 3:18.
Seventh place: Schwab, Lisbon, pinned Hoelscher, Stanley-PL, :45.

285 pounds
Championship: Kelly, Oakes, dec. Schroeder, Carrington, 2-0.
Third place: Roesler, Central Cass, dec. Moen, Des Lacs-Burlington, 7-1.
Fifth place: Fastnecht, EEK, won by forfeit over Dubourt, Pembian County North.
Seventh place: Flynn, New Town-Parshall, dec. Lee, Ryan, 6-3.

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