Junior National Duals: Oklahoma upsets Illinois but falls to Michigan Blue in Greco-Roman Championship

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.
by Trent Shadid Published: June 26, 2014

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.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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