The Edmond Sun

February 25, 2013

SLIDESHOW: North wrestlers win first state championship

Dixon triplets, White become school’s first individual champions since ’07

JEFF HARRISON
Special to The Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — Edmond North came close in the past. This time, the Huskies had their day.

Just two weeks after earning their first dual state title, the North wrestlers hoisted their first-ever state championship trophy Saturday night at State Fair Arena.

“Eleven years ago we lost this tournament by a point and a half, so to come in tonight and not only win it, but win it by a bunch is huge,” North coach Andy Schneider said. “There were so many people that went into this including Rick Bollenbach who started the program 20 years ago.”

The Huskies built a solid lead on the first day of competition, but cemented their place on top with four individual champions and three placers on Saturday.

Juniors Derek White, Lance Dixon, Joel Dixon and Andrew Dixon each found their way to the top of the medal stand. Freshman Jordan Prince was state runner-up, while sophomore Cy Trindle and senior Josh Breece each placed third.

The Dixon brothers, who became the first triplets to win state titles, also shared the Outstanding Wrestler Award for Class 6A.

“We’ve dreamed about it for a very long time,” Joel said. “We talked about it last year but couldn’t get it done, and our junior year we were very blessed for it to happen.”

North won the 6A state title with 125.5 team points. Broken Arrow, winners of the last three titles, was runner-up with 98.5 points, followed by Sand Springs with 50.

White overcame past struggles to win his first state title. The junior 170-pounder lost three matches this season to Nathan Marek of Southmoore, but came out on top Saturday with a 6-4 decision.

“This is the best feeling, this is the best day of my life and to be able to share it with my team is just awesome,” White said. “I knew coming into state I had to be more aggressive with (Marek) and came out with five points off the bat.”

Lance Dixon took the mat next and had little trouble with Moore’s Derek Siversten in the 182 finals. Dixon grabbed the lead with a takedown late in the first and cruised to an 11-3 major decision.

Joel Dixon needed even less time to claim his first gold medal. The junior, who finished third a year ago, pinned Chance Wenglewski of Tulsa Union at 1:35 to win the 195-pound title.

Andrew Dixon then completed the historic feat with a 1-0 decision against John Finn of Westmoore.

Trindle and Breece each overcame a semifinal loss to place third at 113 and 126 pounds.

The Huskies also won the 6A state academic championship Friday, completing the sweep of the three wrestling championships.