Wrestlers ready for USA Nationals

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has a number of athletes who participate in multiple sports.

All athletes have a favorite and it's common for those people to work on their favorite in the off-season.

For wrestlers, they not only practice but they have the chance to compete in one of the biggest tournament's in the world.

The Junior and Cadet nationals starts later this week at the Fargodome.

"Wrestling it means the world to me. Wrestling is something I hold near and dear to my heart even through sometimes it can be a love-hate relationship. The hard work, the discipline, the respect for the sport. Wrestling to me means pushing myself," said Hettinger junior Kyle Burwick.

Mandan senior Isaac Berger said: "Just getting out there and looking to get some college scouts checking you out and maybe get some offers here and there. Everything going into your high school season as well it all plays a big difference going into your season just mat time, getting more mat time."

For recently graduated Century standout Mason Schulz, he does not have to worry about the recruiting aspect of this tournament.

"It takes a lot of pressure off of you knowing that you don't have to make your self value increase at this tournament. The best part about it I can just go out there and prove to my future coach at Moorhead, Kris Nelson, that I'm what he was looking for in a recruit and that I'm ready to wrestle at the next level because most of the kids who wrestle at this tournament are either going to wrestle in college or are going to this fall," said Century graduate Schulz.

Luke Mellmer and his coaching staff have 55-kids working out in Bismarck and 43 of when will compete in Nationals.