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January 10, 2014

Huskies top Yukon in dual season opener

Walton sparks North rally in 43-16 road win

YUKON — The dual state tournament is almost a month away, but the Edmond North wrestlers are just getting started. The top-ranked Huskies made their long-awaited dual season debut Thursday night with a 43-16 win over No. 4-ranked Yukon at Yukon High School.

The Millers battled back from an early deficit to pull within three points midway through the dual when Yukon’s Parker Bohannan narrowly defeated Reggie Dunn at 152 pounds to cut the deficit to 16-13.

But that’s all the closer they’d get.

Zach Walton provided the Huskies with a much-needed spark at 160 pounds. The senior quickly put Yukon’s Hunter Sconce on his back for six points on the board for North. The first-period fall put the Huskies up 22-16 with the heart of their lineup in wait.

And, the big boys did not disappoint.

Derek White and the Dixon brothers closed out the Millers with four straight wins. Joel and Lance Dixon each won by fall. White earned a technical fall against Josh Bedell at 195 and Andrew Dixon beat Tyler Stillwell by major decision in the heavyweight bout.

“Zach kind of set the tone and got things turned around, and then we felt pretty confident when we hit the big guys,” North assistant coach Bobby Miller said.

North’s first two duals of the season against Mustang and Southmoore were cancelled due to weather. The Huskies return to dual action Tuesday night when they host Santa Fe and Memorial for Three Dog Night. The annual Edlam triangular is set to start at 5 p.m.

“We've been to two very good tournaments this season and the boys have wrestled plenty of tough competition, but it just hasn’t been in this environment,” Miller said. “This feels more like the first week of December for us.”

Paxton Rossen and Alex Peterson gave Edmond North some early breathing room. Rossen opened the night with an 11-0 major decision over Braden Fowler while Peterson followed that up with a first-period fall, giving North an early 10-0 lead.

Yukon made up the deficit with three straight wins, but Josh Nunley wouldn’t let them take the lead.

The 138-pounder put the Huskies back out in front with a 10-4 decision against Canton Meadows. Brian Creel extended North’s lead to 16-10 with a win over Hunter Touboulie.

The Millers tried to keep things close, but they couldn’t compete at the upper weights. North earned bonus points in the final four bouts for the 43-16 victory.

The Husky wrestlers also took the mat without head coach Andy Schneider, whose father-in-law passed away the night before. His brother Joe is also the head coach of Yukon.

“With us going against Yukon and against his brother, he (Andy Schneider) wanted to be here as much as anything, but he had family responsibilities to take care of,” Miller said.

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