Class 6A state wrestling: Edmond North in command

Three-time defending titlist Broken Arrow needs a lot of help to catch Huskies, who have five wrestlers in the championship finals.
by Ed Godfrey Published: February 22, 2013
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photo - Edmond North's Lance Dixon wrestles Broken Arrow's Steve Allen in the 6A 182-pound semifinal match during the state wrestling tournament at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Edmond North's Lance Dixon wrestles Broken Arrow's Steve Allen in the 6A 182-pound semifinal match during the state wrestling tournament at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Edmond North qualified five wrestlers Friday into Saturday's championship finals to take a commanding lead in the Class 6A wrestling championships as the Huskies seek to dethrone three-time defending titlist Broken Arrow.

Edmond North has 90.50 points while Broken Arrow, with three wrestlers in the championship finals, has 56.50 points.

The Huskies' Dixon triplets — Lance, Andrew, and Joel — reached the championship finals as expected as did Derek White at 170 pounds and Jordan Prince at 106 pounds.

Not only did five Edmond North wrestlers reach the finals — a first in school history — they all scored bonus point victories to get there.

“Bonus points are always big in a tournament,” Edmond North coach Andy Schneider said.

Edmond North qualified eight wrestlers to the state tournament. Broken Arrow had seven.

“Even Jordan Armstrong (Edmond North's 120-pounder) who was our only guy to lose in the first round came back on the back side and got a pin,” Schneider said. “They guys are really doing what they need to do.”

Broken Arrow coach Shawn Jones said the Tigers have their work cut out for them Saturday, but they are not conceding.

“The last three years we have not won this thing on a Friday yet,” Jones said. “We've made pretty good comebacks the last three years. We got four guys coming back tomorrow that we think can place. That's all we can do.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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