EDMOND — The Dixon name is already synonymous with Edmond North High School athletics.
The Dixon girls have made a huge impact on the Huskies softball program. Leslie and Miranda Dixon helped lead Edmond North to the state championship in 2004. Younger sister, Jordan, just completed her sophomore season as the Huskies reached the semifinals.
Now it's time for the Dixon boys to make some noise. It's not spread out like the girls. Joel, Lance and Andrew Dixon are all coming at once. The freshman triplets, are making a big impact in wrestling.
“I swam for about three or four years, but I didn't really like it,” Andrew Dixon said. “Mom said to pick another sport. I've picked wrestling, and that's what we've been doing ever since.”
It was a good switch. Though just ninth-graders, the Dixons are not having any trouble in adjusting to varsity.
The biggest issue for coach Andy Schneider is trying to make sure all three of them have a home in the lineup.
“I've been having to cut weight, but that's OK because I'm getting the opportunity,” Lance Dixon said.
Last week in a dual, it was back-to-back-to-back Dixon boys. Lance at 160 pounds, Joel at 171 and Andrew at 189. Lance won by decision, while Joel and Andrew each scored pins.
All are having a measure of success, but Andrew has been nearly unbeatable this season, especially if he can get by Kyle Crutchmer of Tulsa Union. Crutchmer has defeated Andrew Dixon in two championships this year, including last weekend at the 67th Geary Tournament.
“That's all right. He can get those wins now,” Andrew said. “I'm going to keep working hard, and I know I'll get my shot.”
It's been an eye-opening season for Andrew, who has regained his seventh-grade form. His seventh- and eighth-grade years were hampered by broken vertebrae suffered during weightlifting where he put too much weight on his back. He said he's been feeling fine this season.
Lance Dixon sustained a femur injury when he was a year old, but he's recovered without any hiccups. And the boys know that no matter what happens — they've always got some support.
“It does feel great to have my brothers out there with me,” Joel said. “We didn't know we were all going to be out here (on varsity) this early, but we know we have the ability to do big things.”
* For more with the Dixon boys, read Robert Przybylo's Varsity blog on NewsOK.com/Varsity.