Oklahoma wrestling: Edmond North's Dixon triplets spurn OSU, Iowa for OU

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.
by Jacob Unruh Published: October 29, 2013
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photo - From left to right Edmond North wrestlers , Lance, Joel and Andrew Dixon poses for a picture at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla.,  Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
From left to right Edmond North wrestlers , Lance, Joel and Andrew Dixon poses for a picture at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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.


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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