High school athlete is setting a new standard of excellence for his school

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A local high school athlete joined a rare class at his school.

He became only the second student to be offered an athletic scholarship to a Division I school, but his accomplishments go way beyond that.

Since Kyle Burwick, of Hettinger high School, was four years old he knew two things: he wanted to wrestle and win.

“Every single time I have stepped on the mat, I wanted to dominate whoever was out there,” said  Burwick.

As a 7th grader Burwick finished 5th as a Class B wrestler, and since that day he told himself that he never wanted to be anything less than a state champion.

“I wrote down in my room every day, “I will be a state champion this year,” said Burwick.

Since then he has won five consecutive state titles( 2015-2019).

He went 57- 0 his senior year, and he currently has a 148 consecutive match winning streak, a state record.

“I really never focused on that(numbers). To me it never really mattered what the numbers were like,” said Burwick.

However, one thing he does remember is the last match he lost.

“The last match I lost was in Fargo when I was a sophomore. I lost in the third-place match to this very good kid from New Mexico,” said Burwick.

The wrestler attributes his success to his mental toughness and dedication.

He works out twice a day, including getting up at 6 a.m to train before school.

“When you are willing to do what others don’t want to do, It gives you that mental edge, ” said Burwick.

Last fall Kyle was offered a wrestling scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, a Division I school.

The small town wrestler feels he can continue his dominance, on a bigger stage, but his father Randy Burwick, who is also his high school coach, said there might be a little bit of a learning curve at first.

“I think the obstacle he is going to face is the different types of styles(wrestling),” said Randy Burwick.

The high school wrestler said right now he is getting ready to play some high school baseball with his friends, and he hopes he can help bring home another title for his school but in a different sport

According to Intermat, an online wrestling ranking system for high school wrestlers, Burwick is the #1 ranked wrestler in the nation for his weight class, 126 pounds.

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