Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks wrestling defeats rival Watford City in Region dual

SCRANTON -- Colbey Steeke's victory Thursday was nothing new -- he had beaten Watford City's Jake Belland twice already this season.But it was the new venue that made it possibly his sweetest victory of the year, one that came in Hettinger-Scrant...

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Hettinger-Scranton senior wrestler Colbey Steeke, top, works for points against Watford City’s Jake Belland during their 220-pound match Thursday at Scranton High School. Steeke, ranked No. 1 in the weight class, won a 5-0 decision over Belland, who is ranked No. 2. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)
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SCRANTON - Colbey Steeke’s victory Thursday was nothing new - he had beaten Watford City’s Jake Belland twice already this season.
But it was the new venue that made it possibly his sweetest victory of the year, one that came in Hettinger-Scranton’s 49-18 dual win against its Region IV rival at Scranton High School.
For the first time ever, according to Night Hawks head wrestling coach Randy Burwick, Scranton hosted its first dual, and Burwick was proud his team put on a show.
“Watford City has a nice team. They really do,” Burwick said. “To come out here and wrestle that well, I’m really happy about that.”
Steeke, a senior ranked No. 1 in the state at 220 pounds, notched a 5-0 decision over Belland, a senior who is ranked No. 2. Steeke earned a takedown right as the the first period ended, and the two slugged through a scoreless second. Steeke earned an escape and another takedown in the third to account for the final margin.
It wasn’t a flashy win. Steeke just said he needed to remain composed.
“I have a tough time scoring on him. He’s a very solid kid, very defensive,” Steeke said. “I knew that first takedown was going to set up the rest of the match.”
Steeke said the win was made all the more special because it came in his own gym.
“We had a dual in Hebron to kind of support our guys from there, and now it was my turn,” he said. “It was pretty awesome - a great atmosphere.”
Steeke had some help from his teammates though. The Night Hawks won 10 weight classes, including two by forfeit, and earned extra points in four of them.
Freshman Kyle Burwick, ranked No. 1 at 113 pounds, built a healthy lead over Watford City freshman Jake Leppell thanks to seven takedowns, but Burwick ultimately came away with a pin in 2 minutes, 31 seconds.
Sophomore Cale Shalesky, ranked No. 3 at 132 pounds, also turned in a fall in 1:21 over Antonio Garcia. Alec Andress and Isaac Anderson both collected technical falls to help the Night Hawks to wins at 145 and 170 pounds, respectively. Both are ranked No. 7 at those weights.

“It was a big dual with two undefeated Region teams going at it,” Kyle said. “We wanted to come out top dog.”
Watford City head coach Mitch Greenwood said his team received some tough performances, but on the whole he would have liked to see a greater sense of urgency.
“We need to be more aggressive on our feet,” he said. “When we reacted to them, they scored a lot of points. We need to push the pace and make them react to us. That means we have to score from neutral and work to get off the bottom.”
Watford City collected wins from senior Dakota Garmann at 126 pounds over sophomore Braden Kline, which was a match that came down to the final seconds. Garmann was awarded a three-point nearfall at the buzzer to account for the margin in his 8-5 decision.
Wolves sophomore Connor Dennis pinned Andrew Sulzman in 3:11 at 182 pounds, Jade Hepper won by fall in 2:57 against Hettinger-Scranton sophomore Ben Dalley, and Watford City senior Kyle Cook, ranked No. 5 at 152 pounds, won a 6-4 decision against Night Hawks junior Logan Lachowitzer, who is ranked No. 8.
Steeke said the team picked up a vital dual win given the state of Region IV this season.
“Watford’s got a solid team,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a battle. We knew we had to battle for six minutes.”

106: Mason DeFoe, HS, dec. Laim Shannon, 3-1
113: Kyle Burwick, HS, fall Jake Leppell, 2:31
120: Carlos Martinez, HS, dec. Braeden Gumke, 8-1
126: Dakota Garmann, WC, dec Braden Kline, 8-5
132: Cale Schalesky, HS, fall Antonio Garcia, 1:21
138: Jade Hepper, WC, fall Ben Dalley, 2:57
145: Alec Andress, HS, tech fall Hunter Schwartzenburger, 18-3
152: Kyle Cook, WC, dec. Logan Lachowitzer, 6-4
160: Ethan Anderson, HS, forfeit
170: Isaac Anderson, HS, tech fall Carlton Turnquist, 16-0
182: Connor Dennis, WC, fall Andrew Sulzman, 3:11
195: Paul Abrahamson, HS, forfeit
220: Colbey Steeke, HS, dec. Jake Belland, 5-0
285: Jacob Schalesky, HS, fall Jackson Faller, 4:42

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