Special to The Sun
The Edmond North wrestling team headed to Kansas City this past weekend to compete in the Kansas City Stampede. The tournament field consisted of 36 teams from 10 states. Included in the field from Oklahoma were 3A No. 1 Perry, 4A No. 1 Tuttle, 5A No. 1 Collinsville, and Edmond North, ranked No. 2 in 6A behind Broken Arrow. Several of the other teams were ranked nationally and competition was fierce all weekend.
“The Stampede is a meat grinder of a tournament,” said North head coach Andy Schneider. “Not only are the teams tough, but the format of the tournament makes it so each wrestler gets seven to eight matches in two days. That’s the kind of competition we want early in the season. The high-caliber opponents provide a great measuring stick of where we are at, and the high number of matches gives our guys the mat time they need.”
The Huskies were in a battle for the team title all tournament, but it was Collinsville that ended up coming away with the championship. Blue Springs, Mo., finished second and Edmond North was third.
“This is our third year to come to this tournament and each year we have improved,” Schneider said. “The first year we finished 13th, then last year we were 10th as a team, so third place is pretty good and that was without our full lineup.”
Individually, the Huskies crowned two champions in Joel Dixon and Andrew Dixon. Lance Dixon finished runner-up while Josh Breece was third, and Derek White fifth.
“Once again we had a great cheering section of parents, friends and even an Edmond North teacher who made the long drive to cheer on our guys,” the coach said. “That kind of support makes a big difference, and I know the guys were very thankful for the support.”