The Edmond Sun

January 21, 2013

Huskies wrestlers headed back to dual state

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Last week, Edmond North hosted their 2013 District Duals and showed the home crowd why they are currently the No. 1 ranked team in Class 6A.

The Huskies blasted through Lawton Eisenhower, Del City and Putnam City North to capture their fifth straight district championship. In the Ike dual, North used several back-ups at many of the weight classes.

“I always tell our JV wrestlers that they are good enough to be varsity on most teams, so I was very confident sending them out against Ike with the district championship on the line,” said Coach Andy Schneider.

Wins from Luke MacNaughton, Caleb and Drew Alexander, Chandler Peterson, Duncan Connelly, Al Sylvester and Ethan Strange easily propelled the Huskies over the Ike Eagles.

Next up was another set of Eagles, this time from Del City.

“On paper, there were a few matches they were favored in and several that would be toss-ups, but our guys showed what’s written on paper doesn’t mean much,” Schneider said.

The Huskies won 13 out of 14 matches against Del City to set up the final match against Putnam City North. Once again though, it was no contest as the Huskies pounded the Panthers.

“I think the success of the team is really starting to give a lot more confidence to our younger wrestlers and causing them to compete at a much higher level than what I saw earlier in the season,” Schneider said.

Freshmen Jordan Prince and Hunter Walsh finished the night undefeated as did sophomores Nolan Malloy, Trevor Pettyjohn and Cy Trindle. The junior foursome of Lance Dixon, Joel Dixon, Andrew Dixon and Derek White also went unbeaten on the night. Seniors Jordan Armstrong and Dakota Zickefoose continued their winning ways by combining for four wins and no losses in the event.

On Friday, Edmond North entered their final tournament of the regular season at Yukon’s Jay Hancock Invitational. “Our tournament schedule is second to none in terms of difficulty,” Schneider said.  Twenty-three teams made up the field at Yukon and it included four-time state champion Allen, Texas; two-time Class 5A champs Collinsville; perennial power and Class 3A No. 1 Perry; and third-ranked Muskogee.

Collinsville, Allen and Perry jumped out to an early lead with the Huskies trailing in fourth place, but after the semifinals North had jumped over Perry to third place. That however was as high as the Huskies would get. Collinsville, behind the strength of four individual champions, outpaced the field to place first. Allen and Edmond North each had three individual champions, but the Texas powerhouse had more medalists in the consolation bracket to place second with North finishing third.

“Collinsville and Allen are ranked 12th and 13th in the nation so there really is no shame in finishing behind them. We had several individuals get pushed and that’s what we want so that we will be ready for 6A dual state and regionals,” Schneider said. For the Huskies, it was the familiar trio of Lance, Joel and Andrew Dixon claiming individual titles. Lance beat two-time Texas state champion Mark Meyer for the third time this season. Joel, who was seeded second in the tournament, faced Nick Cobb of Allen, Texas, a three-time Texas state champion and a High-School All-American. Joel scored an early takedown, but Cobb scored a reversal to tie it up and nearly put the Husky on his back.

“Joel doesn’t get rattled easy and after that reversal he went immediately into scoring a reversal of his own. I think that took the air out of that other guy because Joel controlled the rest of the match,” Schneider said.

For Joel’s victory in the finals he was named most outstanding wrestler of the tournament. Andrew Dixon completed the triplet trifecta with a dominating 18-5 major decision win in the finals.

Also making it to the finals for the Huskies and finishing in second place were Cy Trindle and Jordan Prince. Rounding out the medalists for North in third place was Jordan Armstrong and Derek White.