The Edmond Sun

January 6, 2014

Across the nation, Huskies come in fourth

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The loaded Edmond North Husky wrestling team brought home a pair of fourth-place finishes in national competitions just prior to the Christmas break.

On Dec. 14, the Huskies took fourth out of 85 teams at the Walsh Ironman in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as Blair Academy (N.J.) championed the event.

“This event is slated as the toughest high school tournament in the nation,” Husky head coach Andy Schneider said. “Top five is outstanding, especially since this was our first event of the season.”

North had duals with Southmoore and Mustang wiped out do to winter weather and will grapple at Yukon Thursday at 7 p.m. before kicking off the Geary Tournament Friday at 11:30 a.m. Finals will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“We are the Class 6A defending state champions but the field of teams at Geary will be a true test,” Schneider noted. “Defending Geary Tournament champions at state runner-up Broken Arrow will be there along with 5A state champions Collinsville and runner-ups Lawton MacArthur. Five-time defending state champions Tuttle will also be in the event.”

Derek White, a University of Nebraska signee in November, was the lone champion for the Huskies. Freshman Paxton Rosen picked up a bronze medal and brothers Joel and Lance Dixon came in sixth and seventh respectively.

“I was very proud of Derek,” Schneider lauded. “He really opened up and didn’t have a close match until the finals.

“Paxton (Rosen) is a warrior. He beat the No. 1 and 3-seeded wrestlers to claim the bronze and Lance and Joel wrestled well considering they had not even been in the room two weeks since they finished football.”

Edmond North ventured to Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 21 and wrapped up fourth place out of 40 squads. Archer, Ga., won the title.

Both White and Andrew Dixon were individual title winners.

“I was glad to see Andrew get things going,” said Schneider. “He had a disappointing finish in Ohio the previous week, but responded well by pinning his opponent in the finals.”

Lance Dixon wound up with a silver medal and fellow seniors Joel Dixon and Zach Walton came in third.