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    New Wrestling Transfer

    Word is that Northern Illinois 174 pound Duke Burk has been in Ames and will start class in the fall. He was one round from placing at Nationals this year at 174.

    He would not have to sit out one season unless Northern Illinois doesn't release him. He will have two years left of eligibility.

    This would really solidify our lineup next season if he pans out.



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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    This seems like a great get if he can wrestle for us next year, definite upgrade at 174 over the guys we've had there like Turner and Scott. But with all the moving up and down at weights we'll see where he ends up, especially with Jerome Ward and Carr


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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    Kind of off topic, but does anybody else wish we still had Jon Jones coming to wrestle for ISU. He is doing well in his mixed martial arts career.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUJ65WCqvpQ]YouTube - Jon Jones KO, First Round[/ame]

    and

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxLPPnyvsuY]YouTube - Jon Jones Fight[/ame]


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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2007 View Post
    Word is that Northern Illinois 174 pound Duke Burk has been in Ames and will start class in the fall. He was one round from placing at Nationals this year at 174.

    He would not have to sit out one season unless Northern Illinois doesn't release him. He will have two years left of eligibility.

    This would really solidify our lineup next season if he pans out.

    It's a done deal.



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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    Did they release him?



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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    Bad news, no release
    Good news Duke Burk will be a Cyclone in 09-10

    This comment comes from his brother on the Illinois Matmen Forum
    Good point - Duke is thoroughly thrilled that Casey Cunningham will be in the room at Iowa St. I dont know him well, but from what I can tell, Coach Cunningham is a great coach, and an even better guy. This, along with other things, is helping Duke keep a positive outlook through this entire situation.
    It is not easy - mainly because Duke knows he really did nothing wrong. You see guys getting released after getting DUIs or failing drug tests. Should Duke have just broken a team rule, and then asked for the release?? He is a good kid - and he can thank my parents for that - and he has a good, level head on his shoulders. He was a man about this entire situation - he wanted to be at NIU, and was upfront and honest about everything. It wasnt working out academically, and he asked for a release. He was not granted a release, and he wanted to remain at NIU. At no point did Duke say "I dont want to be a part of this program at NIU" - he always wanted to stay. He simply wanted a release to see what other schools had to offer him academically. Is that really a bad thing?? Sure, he could have done better academically, but he didnt. So, we have a kid who realized he was not in the best situation for himself academically, and wanted to find a better situation that would help him reach his dream of being a teacher and coach sooner. Is that wrong?? In our society, is it really wrong for a young athlete to go out and try to better his situation so that, later in life, he can be doing what he loves to do??
    Again, Im never going to excuse Duke for his grades - but at the same time, I have been there before, and it is not easy. But, he did not leave NIU because of the grades. He was denied that release. He left because certain people at NIU did not accept him back into their lives and their program. Duke never said anything bad about those people. Duke never did anything wrong in that program - except ask for a release. Other than that, he was a total positive for that program. He worked the camps, and the kids loved him. He worked with local wrestlers, on his own time, and for free - just because he cared and wanted them to get better. He recruited kids to NIU - the coaches often looked to Duke to ask him about the top talent in the state. And he helped them. He represented the Huskie program with class on the mat, and off the mat. He was and still is an example to every other athlete in the country - especially those that have been around him.
    Some people are trying to make Duke look like the bad guy in this situation. How so? Im sure it is easy for the people at NIU to sit there now and say "oh Duke always wanted to leave" "Oh Duke wanted to go to Iowa St the whole time". But, thats wrong. Duke wanted to stay (just as he told his teammates and coaches), but was not allowed to do so without some ridiculous terms, made up by certain people at NIU. When he did decide to leave, Duke looked at a lot of schools - all in the Midwest, all with Education Programs that he could get into. So, anyone who says "oh we saw this coming" must be some type of fortune teller, and should be making money doing that on the side.
    Anyway - it is a tough situation, and I wish it had worked out differently. I also wish that every single one of you could sit down with Duke at some point in your lives and get to know him. You would find out what a wonderful person and great role model he is. And, I wish that you all could have been with him through this entire process, and seen the hurt he was going through because of the way he was treated at NIU, and the agony he went through in trying to figure out what to do with the final two years of his college career. It was not easy - he loved NIU, and loved the guys on the team, and felt at home in Dekalb. Heck, he even signed a lease for next year, because he expected to stay. But, he really was left with no choice - except to move on with his life, to a new place and a new environment. You all can take this post for what its worth - you can rip on me all you want. But, I know everything that went on, and I know whats true and what is not true.
    Duke is happy now - and he deserves that.
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    Danny Burk


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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    Duke and I wrestled at the same highschool, he was a senior when I was a freshman. He's a solid athlete who will make a great cyclone.



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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    kinda a bummer that he can't get a release....but after seeing the other side of the coin with wes....donno. Either way, glad to have this guy at ISU



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    Re: New Wrestling Transfer

    its not the same situation completely with wes and duke. duke left NIU for academic reasons.



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