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January 31, 2014

Huskies hustle into Dual State

EDMOND — The defending Dual State champion Edmond North Huskies qualified to return to defend their wrestling title Tuesday.

Or, just made it official.

North absolutely plastered district foes U.S. Grant (83-0), Putnam West (78-6) and Lawton (77-6) Tuesday night at Edmond North High School. Dual State will take place Feb. 15.

Both Andrew Dixon at heavyweight and Jackson McCoy (160) recorded falls in all three wins.

“Two guys who have really stepped up for the team are sophomore Cooper Coil and junior Jackson McCoy,” Husky head coach Andrew Schneider said. “Both began on the JV, but due to some recent injuries they have stepped in and filled the starting spots at 160 and 170 even though they usually only wrestle in the 152-pound weight class.

“When I told them the situation where we needed someone to wrestle at 160 and 170, they didn’t even hesitate and agreed to do whatever it took to help the team.”

With the injuries, it keeps North from sporting its daunting team in its entirety.

“We still have a few starters out of our lineup, but we look to be full strength at Dual State,” Schneider said. “I think the performance on Tuesday credits how hard our backups work. They were able to step out there in place of some sick and injured starters and still dominate.”

The Huskies gone to Dual State for the past six years, winning once, last season. Feb. 15 will be the eighth time in school history to participate in the tournament.

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