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Hettinger-Scranton tops Central Cass for third place in Class B duels

FARGO -- Hettinger-Scranton's wrestling team figuratively had its guts ripped out, and it was the best thing it could have asked for. The Night Hawks, after losing to Lisbon in the Class B team dual semifinals Friday afternoon, rebounded to win 3...

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Hettinger-Scranton sophomore Ben Dalley, top, works to flip Central Cass freshman Andrew Zuther during the 138-pound match of the Class B third-place team dual Friday at the Fargodome. (Parker Cotton/The Dickinson Press)

FARGO - Hettinger-Scranton’s wrestling team figuratively had its guts ripped out, and it was the best thing it could have asked for.

The Night Hawks, after losing to Lisbon in the Class B team dual semifinals Friday afternoon, rebounded to win 34-25 over Central Cass to take third place at the the state tournament at the Fargodome.

“My father (Night Hawks head coach Randy Burwick) tells me that sometimes when you have a loss in that winner’s bracket that just rips your guts out,” Hettinger-Scranton freshman 113-pounder Kyle Burwick said, “the team that comes back to get third can be the toughest team in the bracket. They poured their heart out and still lost, but they mustered enough strength to come back and finish. I feel like that was us.”

Hettinger-Scranton sophomore 138-pounder Ben Dalley, who was pinned in the decisive match against Lisbon, held on to a 4-2 decision over Central Cass freshman Andrew Zuther to complete the third-place match and send the Night Hawks into third place.

Dalley was subsequently placed atop teammates’ shoulders and presented to the large contingent of Night Hawks fans and parents.

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“There was a lot of pressure but it felt really good at the same time,” Dalley said. “It felt great to win.”

Junior Logan Lachowitzer picked up a 9-7 decision at 152 pounds to get the Night Hawks on the board, and junior Ethan Anderson (160 pounds) and sophomore Isaac Anderson (170) both followed with wins, earning extra points with their major decision and fall, respectively.

Senior 220-pounder Colbey Steeke picked up a fall in 3 minutes, 20 seconds as well. Eighth-grader Mason Defoe won a 3-0 decision at 106 pounds, Burwick won by fall in just 54 seconds and freshman Carlos Martinez won a 4-0 decision at 120.

The Squirrels would close the gap to 31-25 heading into the 138-pound bout, where Dalley played the hero.

“Both kids gave 100 percent,” Hettinger-Scranton head coach Randy Burwick said. “Ben works so hard at practice. The kid won four matches last year, and he won his 16th just now. To win it in that fashion, you gotta have some guts. I’m so happy for him.”

Earlier in the day, the Night Hawks had led Lisbon 34-22 but lost the final three matches, which included two pins. To bounce back from the semifinal loss and claim third was a point of pride for the entire team.

“That’s the great thing about our team,” Isaac Anderson said. “We got a great team effort. That’s a good comeback, and that’s just us.”

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