6A wrestling: Edmond North's Dixon triplets say they're more different than alike
DUAL STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS — As much as they look alike, Andrew, Joel and Lance Dixon, who hope to bring Edmond North its first state championship in wrestling Saturday at the 6A Dual State Wrestling Championships in Claremore, are more different than they are alike.
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Class 6A-5A Oklahoma High School Dual State Wrestling Championships
Where: Claremore High School
When: Saturday. Opening round 6A duals at 10 a.m. Opening round 5A duals at noon. Semifinals in each class are 2 p.m. and finals are 6:30 p.m.
First-round 6A pairings: Edmond North vs. Sapulpa; Union vs. Westmoore; Broken Arrow vs. Midwest City; Southmoore vs. Muskogee.
First-round 5A pairings: Lawton MacArthur vs. Grove; Duncan vs. Shawnee; Collinsville vs. Deer Creek; Altus vs. Coweta
Class 4A-3A Oklahoma High School Dual State Wrestling Championships
Where: Cushing High School
When: Saturday. Opening round 4A duals at 10 a.m. Opening round 3A duals at noon. Semifinals in each class at 2 p.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m.
First-round 4A pairings: Tuttle vs. Bristow; Locust Grove vs. Blackwell; Vinita vs. Weatherford; Piedmont vs. Wagoner.
First-round 3A pairings: Newkirk vs. Cascia Hall; Berryhill vs. Little Axe; Perry vs. Geary; Plainview vs. Vian.
“Andrew is a very technical, controlled wrestler. He controls his opponent. And Joel is kind of a mixture of the two. Joel being the middle weight, it's kind of weird how that works out.”
Where they are exactly alike is their desire to win state championships for themselves and Edmond North. At last year's state wrestling tournament, Lance and Andrew finished second, while Joel was third.
Andrew and Joel are unbeaten this season. Lance has just one loss, that coming in the finals of an elite tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
Most people expect a championship dual Saturday night between Edmond North and Broken Arrow, two teams that have shared time atop the 6A rankings this season.
As good as the Dixon brothers are, they can't win a state title for the Huskies by themselves.
Edmond North's lineup is loaded with other standouts including Derek White, Josh Breece, Jordan Armstrong, Cy Trindle and Jordan Prince, who have a combined record this season of 116-34.
“Those guys are great wrestlers, and they don't get as much publicity because of us three,” Andrew said. “We look alike and it's an attention-getter.”
While the individual state championships won't be decided for another two weeks, the Dixon brothers say Saturday's championships are more important.
“A team championship is way more important than any individual state championship, I think,” Lance said. “I think the dual state championship is way more important, to be honest, because you are sharing it with your teammates.”
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