The most common question asked of Edmond North's triplet wrestling brothers — Andrew, Joel and Lance Dixon — is if they play jokes on their girlfriends.
Andrew admits they pulled the switcheroo a couple of times.
“We don't mess with any girls now like that,” he said. “When we got into high school, we knocked all that off.”
As much as they look alike, the Dixon brothers, 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.
Most people assume the Dixon brothers are alike in every way, but it is just the opposite. “Lance is the cocky one,” Andrew said.
“I am more outgoing, more talkative — as Andrew puts it, cocky,” Lance said. “I would call it confident. Joel, he is more of the realistic one and not too talkative. Andrew's shy and wants to keep to himself most of the time. We are not the same at all.”
For example, their tastes in music are about as foreign to each other as they could be. Lance likes rap and alternative music. Andrew listens to John Mayer. Joel likes country.
While Joel and Andrew will eat almost anything, Lance is “the pickiest eater you will ever meet in your life,” Joel claims.
Lance doesn't argue the point.
“If it's green, I won't eat it,” he said. “If it's anything you can put on a sandwich other than meat and cheese, I won't eat it.”
They do, however, all hate sushi.
“We are kind of different in all ways,” Andrew said. “Even the way we walk is different. That's how our mom tells us apart sometimes.”
Even their appearances are slightly different. Joel has a scar on the right side of his cheek. Lance has three freckles in the shape of a triangle on his face. Andrew is heavier, wrestling at 220 pounds.
“Most of the time, people can tell Andrew apart because his face is a little bit different from mine and Joel's,” Lance said.
And, even though each is considered the best in the state at their respective weights this season (Lance at 182 and Joel at 195), their wrestling styles are not the same.
“Lance is a little meaner,” Edmond North coach Andy Schneider said. “I think that comes from, I don't want to say he has bad technique, but he puts himself in a lot of very difficult situations and finds a way to wrestle out of them. He is kind of the one who is a real cardiac kid. Sometimes I am on the edge of my seat watching him wrestle.
“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.”
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.