EDMOND — Edmond North claimed its 12th straight Edlam wrestling crown Monday night, downing both Edmond Memorial and Edmond Santa Fe in the annual “Three Dog Night” dual, but the Huskies have a bigger prize in sight.
No. 2 Edmond North battered Edmond Memorial, 59-9, in the first dual at the Bulldogs gym, capturing 12 of the 14 matches. In the second dual, the Huskies defeated Edmond Santa Fe, 43-22, winning nine of the 14 contests. Edmond Santa Fe defeated Edmond Memorial, 36-24, in the finale Monday night.
Coming off a tournament championship last weekend in Sapulpa where they defeated No. 1 and three-time defending state champion Broken Arrow, the Huskies believe they have their best team in a decade and can bring home the school's first state championship in wrestling.
“It will be a disappointment if we don't,” said Edmond North wrestler Andrew Dixon, who along with his triplet brothers, Lance and Joel, are favorites to become the Huskies' first individual state wrestling champions since 2007.
Joel and Andrew Dixon are unbeaten this season while Lance has just one loss, that coming in a tournament at Kansas City, Mo. Last season, Andrew and Lance lost in the state finals as sophomores while Joel finished third in the state tournament. All of the wrestlers that finished ahead of the Dixons last season were seniors.
“They are amazing,” Edmond Memorial coach Darren Huff said of the Dixon brothers. “You get one of those every now and then, but they've got three. You would love to have one like that, but when three come along, man that's sweet.”
On Monday night, Lance Dixon pinned both of his opponents while Andrew Dixon won by fall against Edmond Memorial's Ryley West and then recorded a 7-1 decision over Santa Fe's Anthony Robinson.
Edmond North's Derek White, ranked third in the state at his weight, pinned both of his opponents at 170 pounds while teammate Dakota Zickefoose also recorded two falls at 160 pounds.
“He's never been in the starting lineup until this year, his senior year” Edmond North coach Andy Schneider said of Zickefoose. “He had always been behind the triplets. This summer, he lost a little weight so he could do down. He's just getting better and better.”
With the two victories Monday night, Edmond North remains unbeaten in duals this season at 6-0 and appear to be the team with the best chance at ending Broken Arrow's three-year state championship reign.
“I could see them winning the whole thing,” Huff said. “They got some talent up and down their lineup. At state, everybody beats everybody out and they have some strong kids who should place high. You place four or five of those kids and you've got a good shot to win it.
“They had a nice team last year and things didn't go well for them at state. This year, I have a feeling things are going to go real well for them.”
After placing second to Broken Arrow in the Geary Invitational the prior weekend, defeating the Tigers in Sapulpa was a confidence boost for the Huskies. The closest Edmond North has been to winning a state wrestling championship was 2002 when the Huskies finished a point and a half behind Broken Arrow.
Last weekend's tournament title in Sapulpa was the first time the Huskies have defeated Broken Arrow, Schneider said.
“It was good to place ahead of them,” Schneider said. “But we also know that's not the tournament that counts. I still consider them the team to beat.”