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.
“We've got four guys coming back tomorrow that we think can place. We got to put those four guys in the consolation matches then we've got to win some finals matches tomorrow, which we can do.”
Jones admitted, however, that the Dixon triplets, who are expected to win each of their state championship matches Saturday, make it tough for Broken Arrow to repeat.
“Nobody in the state has an answer for them,” he said. “We don't. Nobody does. You got 60 plus points sitting there.
They have got some other guys that can wrestle. I am not taking anything away from them, but they are just hard to stop.”
Edmond North won its first duals state championship two weeks ago and is seeking its first state wrestling tournament championship as well.
The Huskies are also expected Saturday to crown their first individual state wrestling champion since 2007.