Kyle Burwick, a senior on the Hettinger-Scranton wrestling team, was placed first in the 126-pound weight class during the Rumble on the Red on Saturday, Dec. 29, from the Fargodome. Improving to 25-0 this season, Burwick capped the tournament with a fall over Bismarck Century sophomore Clay Radenz. The University of Wisconsin commit captured two matches by fall, one by technical fall and another via major decision over the course of the two-day tournament.
DP: What were the keys to your success at the Rumble at the Red Tournament?
KB: "The keys to my success at the Rumble at the Red Tournament, you know in a tournament like that where you get a lot of really high-level wrestlers in a bracket, it's a grueling weekend. Some brackets got more than 40 kids in them, so you get some 64-man brackets in there. You really have to mentally and physically prepare the right way before every single match. For me, getting really, really solid warm-ups in and just being mentally ready for every single round. I believe that those are really the keys to success at a tournament that's high-level like that."
DP: You are undefeated to this point after going 59-0 last season, how can you keep it going?
KB: "Going undefeated, really to me, I've never really focused on numbers or anything. That's something for me, personally, that I can look back at the end of the year and reminisce on, but for me, my mindset going in is not really to defend anything. It's always to go out there and attack my goals, just focus on scoring as many points as possible, dominating every single position and wrestling through every single position that I encounter there on the mat."
DP: What are you and your team most looking forward to this season?
KB: "For us, our team is most looking forward to a lot of dual competition. The first semester, we didn't get to wrestle a lot of dual competition stuff, team wise. I think we ended the first semester with a really, really big road over in Bowman County and it came down to the wire. We had to win in the last match too, so we really came together well as a team there. So I think that's what we're looking forward to most as a team, is competing in a dual atmosphere and wrestling to win those big duals."
DP: When did you start wrestling and what do you most like about it?
KB: "I started wrestling I'd say when I was about four or five years old. To me, personally, I most enjoy the process about wrestling. The lessons it teaches you, the relationship you make with people around the sport; with coaches, with other wrestlers, with mentors, really that's what I enjoy most about the sport.
DP: Who is your funniest teammate?
KB: "My funniest teammate would definitely have to be our 195-pounder, Sam Urwiller. He's a really funny guy, he's a really hard-working kid and he's a big, big part of our program here."
DP: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
KB: "Growing up, my favorite athlete definitely has to be Kyle Dake, of Cornell. He was four-time NCAA champion in four different weight classes and this year in 2018, he actually won a world gold medal in at 74 kilograms in Budapest. He's definitely been my favorite athlete to watch."
DP: If there is one thing that you could eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
KB: "That's a hard one. If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, I would have to go with pizza. There's so many different ways you could make it; breakfast pizza, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, anything."
DP: What is the best tv show or movie that you've watched recently?
KB: "I'd have to say the best movie that I've watched recently was Bird Box. I mean Sandra Bullock, she's a pretty good actor."
DP: Who is your celebrity crush?
KB: "My celebrity crush definitely would have to Jennifer Aniston, watching all of those episodes of Friends."
DP: Either/or: Snapchat or Instagram?
KB: "That is definitely a tough one. Snapchat or Instagram, I would have to go with Instagram."
DP: Country Music or Hip Hop?
KB: "Country Music or Hip Hop? Hip Hop."
DP: Are you a good dancer or a bad dancer?
KB: "Good dancer or bad dancer? Most people would definitely not what me to answer this question, but I'm a bad dancer (laughs)."
DP: Wrestling or any other sport?
KB: "Wrestling or any other sport, I'd pick wrestling every time."
DP: What is your first sports memory?
KB: "My first sports would have to be wrestling in the youth tournament in Bison, S.D. with a bunch of my buddies way back when we were probably seven or eight years old, we were all dog-pilling on top of Ty Warbis' dad, Rob Warbis."
DP: Who is your biggest inspiration to succeed?
KB: "My biggest inspiration to succeed would definitely have to be my father, and my uncle Keith, and pretty much my family in general. They definitely push to the best, not only as a wrestler, athlete or anything. Just push me to be the best person I can be, to be respectable, to be accountable and to be a good role model.