Burwick in line for history, Region 4 teams ready for state tournament
The illustrious career of Hettinger-Scranton's Kyle Burwick is nearing its conclusion.
As wrestling teams from across the region have made the trek to Fargo to compete in the state wrestling tournament championships beginning on Thursday, Feb. 14, the Night Hawks senior 126-pounder will look to complete a historic run.
Burwick is not only looking for his second consecutive undefeated season, but he could become just the sixth wrestler from either classification with five or more state titles. According to his head coach and father, Kyle's aim isn't set on the lofty accomplishment.
"I think right now, Kyle is approaching it this way: There's unfinished business," Night Hawks head coach Randy Burwick said. "He's not done; there's unfinished business that he has to take of. ... It's something that he takes extremely seriously. He'll look back at it and say great feat, but he's just looking to get a state championship. He's not worried about this being five."
Kyle Burwick highlights a Hettinger-Scranton team that will brings 10 wrestlers to the state individual tournament. Of the 10, three are returning placers from a year ago and five are seeded in this year's tournament, including freshman Gavin Dalley, who is a No. 4 seed at 113 pounds. Randy Burwick, who holds the record for most career Class B coaching wins at 444, thinks his team is "peaking at the right time," but among the unseeded Night Hawks, he believes 152-pound junior Ty Warbis is geared to make a splash.
"I look for Ty Warbis to really have a nice weekend," Randy Burwick said. "He's one of those kids that's been flirting with a top-eight seed the last three years ... Now he's wrestling with a ton of confidence. He's got a chip on his shoulder. He wants to do well and he's just going to let it fly."
Another area team bringing 10 wrestlers to the big dance is Killdeer, who finished fourth in the Region 7 Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.
"I'm really excited for 10 (wrestlers). I was hoping I could squeak out 11 or 12, but I'm really happy with 10," Cowboys co-head coach Pat Schlosser said. "The kids are excited. (For) a lot of them it's their first state tournament. They've been working very hard, working on the things that they need to get a little bit better at, but still have working on the things they do well as well."
The Cowboys will bring a talented crew, both young and old, to Fargo. Weighing in at 138 and 285 pounds, respectively, seniors Dylan Tabor and Curtis Hall are the only returning placers from 2018. Hall will look to improve on his eighth-place finish from last season, while Tabor was fifth at 145 pounds.
The seniors are joined by 106-pound seventh-grader Gus Bohmbach and 160-pound sophomore Zack Andersen as seeded Cowboys.
"My seniors, I mean they've been there, they've been around the longest. They're looking forward to getting there and they want to make a title run and get in that state-finals match. That's their goal," Schlosser said. "But the younger guys, they haven't been around as long. They're pretty hungry, too. They would like to do the same thing."
No other team from Region 4 will be better represented than Bowman County-Beach, as 13 Buccadawgs earned spots in the individual state tournament. For the third straight season, the team will also battle in the dual state tournament, beginning with quarterfinal match-up with No. 1 ranked Lisbon.
"We're just working on the basics, a lot of technique and basically some mental stuff; being focused and mentally preparing ourselves for the matches," Buccadawgs head coach Jeff Boynton said.
Of the 13 Bowman County-Beach wrestlers taking part in individual competition, six are seeded, including 170-pound senior Clayton Mattern.
Mattern was one of three Buccadawgs to capture the regional title in their respective weight class He enters the state tournament as the No. 2 seed at 170 and is one year removed from placing third at state 160.
"I'm feeling pretty confident. It's going to be one heck of a tournament; I'm going to say that right now," Mattern said. "I've just been working harder during my off days and even harder at practice leading up to this week. ... A goal every year since I've been ranked in the state is to wrestle to your rank in the state, either wrestle to that rank or better. I'm looking for better."
106: Cade Martian
120: Alex Madrigal - No. 5
126: D.J. Martian
132: Tucker Strand
138: Brody Headley
145: Jacoby Mattern
152: Riley Frieze
160: Jacob Ruggles - No. 8
170: Clayton Mattern - No. 2
182: Tysen Mattern -
195: Mitch Stuber - No. 5
220: Beau Jeffers - No. 3
285: Nate Boehm - No. 8
106: Peyton Tuhy
113: Gavin Dalley - No. 4
120: Conner Andress - No. 7
126: Kyle Burwick - No. 1
132: Cade Warbis - No. 7
138: Carlos Martinez - No. 7
145: Ezra Weichmann
152: Ty Warbis
160: Tristan Pekas
195: Sam Urwiller
106: Gus Bohmbach - No. 5
113: Cody Simmons
126: Birch Bang
132: Tate Simmons
138: Dylan Tabor - No. 6
160: Zack Andersen - No. 4
170: John TomJack
182: Levi Rychner
220: Ethan Jepson
285: Curtis Hall - No. 3