CLAREMORE — For the first time in school history, Edmond North has claim to a state championship in wrestling.
Led by the Dixon triplets, the Huskies won the Class 6A Dual Wrestling Championship Saturday at Claremore High School, downing Muskogee, 43-25, in the championship final.
“It is one of the greatest feelings I could ever have, to win it with my team,” said Lance Dixon, who will seek to become an individual champion in two weeks along with his brothers, Andrew and Joel. “In the finals, they didn't have a chance when we got down to it.”
“Making history for your school, that's a great feeling for everybody to be a part of,” Andrew Dixon said.
The three Dixon brothers all pinned their Roughers opponents as did Edmond North's Reggie Dunn at 145 pounds and Jordan Armstrong at 120 pounds, whose win clinched the crown for the Huskies with still two matches remaining.
Muskogee, which upset Broken Arrow 28-27 in the semifinals, won three of the first four matches against Edmond North, two by falls, to race to a 16-6 lead.
“Right off the bat we drew to the strength of their lineup,” Edmond coach Andy Schneider said.
Derek White then scored a decision at 170 pounds that was followed by pins by each of the Dixon triplets.
Nolan Malloy then won a 1-0 decision at heavyweight, and Jordan Prince scored a major decision as Edmond North won six straight matches to take an insurmountable lead.
“The guys have worked so hard and put so much time in,” Edmond North coach Andy Schneider said. “To see them get rewarded like this, it's all on them and their hard work.”
Edmond North defeated Sapulpa, 39-22, in the quarterfinals and Tulsa Union, 38-18, in the semifinals.
“Give Edmond North credit. They outwrestled us,” Muskogee coach Bobby Jefferson said.
Lance Dixon said there is still more hardware to be won by the Huskies. The regional wrestling tournament is next week, and then the state wrestling tournament is the following weekend.
“I am not satisfied with just this one,” he said. “I will be satisfied with a regional title and another state title, that's when I will be satisfied.”