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 loses nail-biter; Memorial boys fall to Tulsa Union
The Deer Creek Antlers were just seconds away from entering the Class 5A state tournament, but Del City’s Brett Cannon scored on a reverse layup on a back-door move with one second left to down Deer Creek 47-45 in overtime in an area championship contest at Catoosa High School.
“We’re playing really well,” Antler skipper Matt Bailey said following the nail-biter. “They got us with the last shot in overtime.”
Deer Creek will face the winner of the McAlester/Durant game Saturday at 6:30 at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation title game with a trip to the big dance on the line.
After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor
Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.
Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game 1-hitter to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.
In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.
She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
Defensive battle falls in favor of Deer Creek
A pair of defensive teams coming out on each other, both 20-5 Deer Creek and 20-5 Collinsville played to a 20-19 score after three periods with the Lady Antlers on top Thursday night at Owasso High School in a Class 5A area championship game.
The final panel wasn’t much different, as Deer Creek used two mammoth defensive plays by Dakota Vann to stave off the Cardinals 31-28 and advance to the state tournament beginning March 13.
“Last week at practice, I told the girls that the road to get back to the state tournament was that somebody was going to have to make a play,” defending state champion Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said after the victory over Collinsville. “I told the girls to go out and make a good play.”
Vann, a 5-10 junior, did just that — twice.
Bartlesville’s 6-2 star forward Hailey Tucker averaged over 22 points a game for the Lady Bruins this year.
But not with Edmond Memorial’s Elise Wyatt on her.
Thursday night in a Class 6A area consolation contest at Sapulpa High School, Wyatt and the Lady Bulldogs ended Bartlesville’s season and stayed alive in the high school playoffs with a 48-42 triumph. Memorial will tip off with Putnam North — a team that beat the Lady ‘Dogs at the final horn in the semifinals of the Bruce Gray Invitational — at 1:30 Saturday at Catoosa High School in a do-or-die contest to make it to the state tournament.
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USA sitting volleyball hires Kraeer as UCO-based mens sitting team head coach
The University of Central Oklahoma-based U.S. mens sitting volleyball team welcomes a new head coach, Quinton Kraeer. The university is the official training site for both the mens and womens sitting volleyball teams.
Kraeer will take over the mens program after serving as an assistant for the last several months. He brings nine years of volleyball coaching experience to the team and has served as a pipeline assistant for both the mens and womens teams since 2008.
2014 Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series coming to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
The Oklahoma City RedHawks have announced the schedule for the fourth annual Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series, set to begin this week at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The series begins with three games Saturday and will culminate Saturday, April 5 during the Mayor’s Cup, featuring a triple-header between the three high schools from Edmond and Moore.
The Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series gives teams and their fans from around the state a chance to have a “professional” experience complete with the use of batting cages, dugouts and state-of-the-art scoreboards.
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