Oklahoma pulled off the big upset at the Junior National Duals before coming up just short in its pursuit of a Greco-Roman national title.
The Sooner State fell to Michigan Blue 36-29 in the Greco-Roman championship at Oklahoma City University’s Freede Center on Thursday.
Michigan won nine of the 15 matches with five bonus-point victories.
“I’m really proud of the way the kids bought in, fought, and competed for this Greco title,” said coach Tony Cook. “We definitely made a statement for the state. This is more of a freestyle wrestling state, but our goal is to make it more a complete wrestling state. Good wrestlers find ways to win no matter what the style is and we got that from these kids.”
Oklahoma advanced to the championship with a 34-32 victory over three-time defending Greco-Roman champion Illinois.
Edmond North’s Dixon triplets, who have signed to wrestle at OU next season, led the way in the upset win. Andrew opened the dual with a pin over Sage Hecox at 220 pounds. Lance also picked up a pin 13 matches later at 182 pounds, setting up Joel’s dual-clinching 10-4 win over Andrew Marsden at 195 pounds.
Stillwater’s Chandler Rogers also had an 11-0 technical fall win at 170 pounds as Oklahoma closed out the dual with three consecutive wins.