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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

— 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.”

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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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