The Edmond North Huskies crowned seven regional champions Saturday at Southmoore High School in the west wrestling regional along with grasping the team crown. North tallied 258 points, Edmond Memorial placed ninth with 88 and Edmond Santa Fe wound up 11th with 67 points.
North qualified nine for the state championships beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday inside State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. The championship finals will start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday following opening cermonies.
“This weekend could be the closest team race ever in 6A,” Husky head coach Andy Schneider said. “Broken Arrow won the east regional over Stillwater and had nine state qualifiers and three champions. Stillwater also has nine state qualifiers but they finished with six regional champions.
“Looks to be a very tight three-team race.”
North’s qualifiers include undefeated Derek White at 195 pounds, who is 37-0. White pinned Southmoore’s Jacobe Walker for the regional crown.
Fellow Huskies Lance Dixon (220), Andrew Dixon (285) and Joel Dixon also won regional titles with falls.
Other North champions included Paxton Rosen (106), Cy Trindle (120) and Zach Walton (160).
Husky Jordan Prince (145) nabbed silver and Brandon Bright (113) placed fourth to be eligible for the state tourney.
Edmond North, which lost 33-32 to eventual Dual State champion Broken Arrow in the semifinals, is poised to defend its traditional state championship at State Fair Arena.
“The loss at Dual State was definitely a disappointment,” Schneider said. “I think it woke the guys up and they remembered they are the defending state champions and they’re not ready to give that up.”
At 170 pounds, Memorial’s Tristan McBee placed second and at 106 Connor Shanks will represent the Bulldogs at state.
Jon Wynn (285) and Mason Stowers (160) both won consolation matches to enter the state tournament for Edmond Santa Fe.
“This is the second year Jon Wynn has qualified for the state tournment,” Santa Fe coach Tim Draper stated. “He had two falls in the regional and will wrestle Korey Walker from Midwest City in the first round at the state tournament.
“Our other state qualifier is Mason Stowers at 160 with a 22-7 record. He went 4-1 at regionals and will wrestle Michael Hamilton from Bartlesville who was a state champion last year.
“If Jon and Mason go out and compete hard, they will have a good shot this weekend. As seniors, they need to leave it all out there.”
In Class 5A, Deer Creek has five wresters in, two of whom were regional champs in Tahlequah.
As a team, the Antlers placed fourth with 123 points as Collinsville won the team crown with a whopping 292.
Eli Hooks (195) and Cole Pacheco (182) won regional titles via decisions and Tanner Cole (106), Dayton West (113) and Jacob Schimmels (160) also qualified for the big dance.