Even when they’re shorthanded, the Edmond North wrestlers are tough to beat.
The top-ranked Huskies crowned five individual champions and narrowly missed the team title Saturday at the 70th annual Geary Tournament.
No. 3 Broken Arrow won the tournament with 149.5 points. North took second with 147.5 points and Tuttle was third with 111.5 points. Memorial also competed and placed 19th overall.
North had just 11 wresters at the tournament, but eight made it to the medal stand. Paxton Rosen (106 pounds), Joel Dixon (182), Derek White (195), Lance Dixon (220) and Andrew Dixon (heavyweight) each won individual gold medals.
Senior Zach Walton was runner-up at 160. Bryan Creel finished fourth at 138 and Josh Nunley was fifth at 138.
“We’re still working on our lineup a bit, but the guys we had here came out and did a great job,” North coach Andy Schneider said. “It was a good team race, it’s just unfortunate we didn’t have all of our guys.”
Broken Arrow also beat out the Huskies for Geary Tournament title last year. The Tigers, who competed with a full lineup, had 10 individual placers.
White also earned Outstanding Wrestler honors after tearing through the 195-pound bracket. He earned bonus points in all four matches. The Nebraska signee opened the tournament by pinning Broken Arrow’s Quintonio Tolon in 1:34. He later earned a technical fall against Adrian Linzy of Rio Ranch in the second round and a major decision over Garrett Shaw in the semifinals. White capped the perfect weekend with a 24-9 technical fall over Altus’ Taven Birdow in the finals.
“I wanted to start out strong and keep the pace throughout the match,” White said. “I wanted to get some bonus points and help our team. I just wish I could have got a pin. It would have been a half point more.”
White also won the Geary Tournament last year.
Teammate Andrew Dixon had the most amount of falls in the least time. The senior won all five matches by fall, including three in the first round.
Joel Dixon also started his title run with falls in the first two rounds. He then topped Enid’s Caleb Harris by a 9-3 decision in the semifinals, before finishing off the tournament with a fall over Roc Robbins of Collinsville in the 182 finals slot.
Lance Dixon went 4-0 to win the 220-pound tournament. The senior beat Tuttle’s Riley Fielder by major decision in the first round, pinned Mustang’s Clay Feland in the second and beat Steven Allen of Broken Arrow via 5-1 decision in the semifinals. The Oklahoma signee then earned the gold medal with a 14-1 major decision against Zac Overbeck of Enid.
Rosen joined North’s big boys atop the medal stand. The freshman opened the tournament with a 5-0 decision against Orion Gutierrez of Rio Ranch. He beat Tulsa Union’s Mason Naifeh by technical fall and advanced to the finals with a 6-4 overtime victory against Nate Keim of Collinsville.
In the 106-pound championship, Rosen scored a takedown in the third period to earn a 3-0 victory gainst Tuttle’s Noah McQuigg.
Walton also advanced to the finals but lost to defending state champion Levi Berry. The senior then held off a challenge match from Altus’ Cameron Loving to hang onto the silver medal.
Creel finished 3-2 at 145 pounds while Nunley was 5-2 at 138.
Edmond Memorial was led by Tristan McBee, who placed fifth at 170 pounds. He finished with a 4-2 record, advancing to the medal round with three falls. McBee closed out the weekend with a win over Josh Arnold of Collinsville in the fifth-place match.
“Tristan wrestled really well getting into the medal rounds, Bulldogs head coach Darren Huff said. “He wrestled extremely well in the medal rounds as well. Tristan sacrificed all week getting down to 170 from 182 and it paid off for him. It’s rewarding to seeing a young man be that disciplined and have success from it.”
Connor Shanks, Jeremy Morgan, Denton Huff and Ryley West also competed Saturday but missed out on the medal round.
“Geary is one of the toughest tournaments in the state and it was a great experience for our guys, even if they didn’t fare as well,” Huff said. “They needed the extremely tough competition to let them know what they have to do to prepare for the remainder of the season.”
The Edmond squads will hit the mat Tuesday at North High School for the annual Three Dog Night. The duals are scheduled to begin at 5 o’clock.
North crowns five individual champions, Memorial’s McBee places fifth
Even when they’re shorthanded, the Edmond North wrestlers are tough to beat.
Deer Creek 2nd largest in Class 5A
With the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association releasing enrollment figures, Deer Creek stands as the second-largest school in Class 5A with 1,252 students.
Lawton Eisenhower, which had been a very strong football program in 6A, is now tops in 5A with 1,281 students.
Schedules in football classification still remain the same until 2016-17. Del City will move back into 6A beginning in 2016.
The statistics will not be deemed official until pending approval at the OSSAA’s board meeting next month.
Wilson, Grissom take on more suitable roles for 2015 season
Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins.
The moves were made to aid OU’s defense. They could benefit both in the future.
Yurcich ready for second season
With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.
Yurcich and most of the Cowboys’ coaching staff attended the annual media golf outing Wednesday at Karsten Creek. He, along with the other assistant coaches, talked about the upcoming season.
“Every offense is going to be a little bit different from year to year, depending on the personnel,” Yurcich said. “I think you learn a little bit more about the players, because you know them for a longer time. You know a little bit more about the coaches you work with because you’re around them a little bit longer. All of those things factor into one more year of experience.
Wallar voted National Tennis Coach of the Year finalist
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association honored Dee Ann Waller, coach and teacher from Edmond North High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in tennis.
Eight finalists from across the nation were chosen to be honored during The National Coach of the Year awards banquet that took place during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 14-18, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy.
McKey to compete in North American final
Edmond’s Mary McKey, who attends John Carroll Catholic School in Oklahoma City, qualified for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final after winning the Hershey’s Oklahoma State Meet June 28.
McKey, 12, had the fastest time in the region that consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Hershey only accepts eight runners from North America.
McKey is a Catholic grade school champion and the first Catholic student to qualify for the North American final. She is also a Jim Thorpe Games 400-meter champion.
The North American final will run Aug. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
Former quarterback Bell has pedigree to dominate at tight end for Sooners
The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity?
“That’s funny, it keeps coming up,” Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. “Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
So, the answer is no.
Smith ready to begin the next chapter with Ravens
During his long drive to Maryland from his North Carolina home Sunday, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith had plenty of time to think about an offseason defined by a dramatic change in his life.
After 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, Smith was cut in March following one of the least productive seasons of his career. The Ravens promptly signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract.
Smith remained in a reflective mood as veterans officially reported to camp Wednesday. Smith, however, showed up Monday eager for his new start.
Local cops arrest NFL player on marijuana complaint
The Edmond Police Department has released the incident report related to the arrest of ex-Oklahoma State star and current NFL player Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon, 24, a product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, is a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver in his second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Oklahoma State University, he was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the country’s best collegiate wide receiver.
Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff
It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
“It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”
Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur
OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.
Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135
1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140
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