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.
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.
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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
Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes
Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.
Edmond’s Reid comes back to win Senior Stroke Play
James Reid, of Edmond, rallied to win the OGA’s Senior Stroke Play Championship with a smoking 67 July 15 at the Trails Country Club in Norman. Edmond’s Jon Valuck tied for fifth place.
In the pro series, Cameron Meyers of Edmond shot 68-70 for the top prize while Andrew Green of Edmond finished third.
Oklahoma Golf Association
Senior Stroke Play Championship
The Trails Golf Club
Air Force kicker Conant named to Groza Award watch list
Air Force senior Will Conant, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is one of 30 players nationwide to be named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Conant hit 32-of-33 PATs and 11-of-13 field-goal attempts last season. He ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage with an 84.6 mark that is the fourth-best in school history and best since Joey Ashcroft hit 88.8 percent (16-18) in 2002.
Conant is one of two kickers in Air Force history to hit three times from 50-plus yards in a season. He hit three 52-yard kicks last season (versus Colgate, San Diego State, New Mexico), matching Ryan Harrison’s three 50-plus field goals in 2007. Conant’s three 50-plus field goals already rank him third in school history in career 50-yard field goals.
OC alum Gibson holes pressure putt on 18, makes cut at British Open
It was the biggest putt of Rhein Gibson’s life — which is saying something for a guy who once shot a world-record 55 — and the Oklahoma Christian alum and Edmond resident responded the way he has so many times before.
A four-time NAIA All-American while at Oklahoma Christian University, Gibson made the 15-footer for a birdie on No. 18 as darkness descended at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, capping a 2-over-par 74 and allowing him to make the cut in the world’s most prestigious tournament.
‘Cook’-ing up a championship golf course
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From the players who live at the course to professional golfers from across the ocean and diverse parts of the globe, the consensus was that Oak Tree National was in tremendous shape and the players were keyed up to compete on it.
“The golf course is fantastic,” Oak Tree resident Bob Tway said on the first day of competition July 10. “It’s hard, but it’s fantastic.
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