EDMOND — Joel Dixon wanted possibly one more week to make a decision.
But after his brothers Andrew and Lance decided Sunday night to make their choice on where they would wrestle collegiately, he came around Monday at the family dinner table and joined them.
The Dixon triplets made their official choice that evening when they all verbally committed to Oklahoma, they told The Oklahoman.
The Edmond North trio spurned national powers Oklahoma State and Iowa, along with a few others, in the process.
“Overall, we enjoyed OU,” Lance said. “We enjoyed the other schools, it's just that OU is a program that's building. OSU has tradition, Iowa has tradition but we want to go to a building program.
“We want to be the guys at OU, and at OSU it's John Smith, at Iowa it's the Brands brothers. I mean, there's national champs all the time.”
The Sooners have defending national champion Kendric Maple, Oklahoma's first individual champion in eight years.
And now Oklahoma has pulled off a major upset before the season even opens, grabbing the triplets, who each won individual Class 6A state championships last season in their respective weight classes and led the Huskies to a team title.
Many believed the Dixons would end up at Oklahoma State, a place they've envied since they were 8 years old and trained at the past four years.
So turning down the Cowboys was extremely difficult.
“We actually sat there by the phone trying to call John and we sat there for a good 15 minutes before we even called him,” Joel said. “It was tough. It was tough.”
The journey to the Sooners was certainly interesting.
Early in the recruiting process, it appeared the Dixons would each end up at different schools.
“We all had different opinions about it,” Lance said. “I was loving Iowa. I wanted to go to Iowa. Joel loved OSU, wanted to go to OSU. Andrew loved OU and wanted to go to OU. But we all changed.
“We would go from one place to another and we'd be like, ‘Oh, I want to go to OSU. No, wait, I want to go to Iowa.'”
Iowa, however, ended up being too far from home.
Then Oklahoma State recently started to show less interest.
“We just kind of came to a decision and we were like, ‘OSU is kind of backing off a little bit,'” Andrew said. “So we wanted to go somewhere where they actually want us there and need us there.”
It was still a matter of convincing Joel to join them and keep the family together.
That's where Andrew came in.
“Me and Lance, we're brothers, we're close, but, man, does he get on my nerves,” he said. “I'm not wanting to room with him at all. I said Joel, ‘I'm going to need a roommate.' He thought about it for a little bit and said, ‘OK.'”
Now, it'll just take some adjustments to get used to crimson and cream instead of orange and black.
“Growing up I was raised to be a Cowboy, so I guess I've got to kind of change my way of thinking a little bit,” Andrew said.