Special to The Sun
The Edmond North wrestlers improved their record to 4-0 on the season by drubbing Yukon 52-12 on Wednesday. The Millers jumped on the board 5-0 with a technical fall win by Parker Bohanan in the first match, but North followed that up with seven straight wins to build a 34-5 lead and never looked back.
“This is our fourth year in a row to beat Yukon but it has always been a very close match,” North coach Andy Schneider said. “Our guys really rose to the occasion tonight to not only win the dual but to do it in a dominating fashion.”
North had breakout performances by their middle weights beginning with Reggie Dunn at 145 pounds. Dunn was up against one of Yukon’s best wrestlers in Brayden Meyer, and was ahead 3-2 after the first period but built up his lead by wearing out his opponent to win 6-3.
Bryan Creel followed that up with a key victory at 152 pounds over Yukon’s Hunter Sconce.
“Bryan had lost to Sconce last time they wrestled but tonight he really showed a lot of heart and came out on top in some tough scoring positions,” stated Schneider.
The wildest match of the night was at 160 pounds where North’s Dakota Zickefoose squared off against Yukon’s returning state qualifier, Noah White. White scored two takedowns in the first period and put Zickefoose on his back nearly getting the pin. Zickefoose fought off his back but trailed 7-3 after the first period. White tacked on two more points to build a 9-3 lead and that’s when Zickefoose broke free. He took White down, put him on his back and secured the pin with just four seconds remaining in the period.
“Dakota sometimes puts himself in bad position, but he is such a warrior and never stops wrestling that he is often able to fight out of the bad positions and can never be counted out of a match no matter what the score is. That was definitely a huge win for him,” Schneider said.
Next up was the Huskies’ version of Murderer’s Row as Derek White, Lance Dixon, Joel Dixon and Andrew Dixon won by two technical falls and two pins. “That stretch of four wrestlers is the best in the state. They are all super-talented and know how to dominate their opponents,” the coach said.
Yukon posted wins in the next two weight classes but it was not nearly enough to make up the deficit. Senior Jordan Armstrong tacked on another fall for North and Austin Cunningham won by decision.
The feature match of the night was at 126 pounds where North’s Josh Breece faced Yukon’s Boo Lewellan, last year’s state runner-up. Breece had beaten him in a preseason match this year so the nationally ranked Lewellan was looking for revenge, but scored two crucial takedowns and posted a 6-4 win.
All three Edmond wrestling squads will meet Monday for Three Dog Night at Memorial, with North-Memorial at 4:30 p.m., North-Santa Fe at 6 p.m. and Memorial-Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m.