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The Oklahoman's All-City wrestling first team

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 9, 2013
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photo - LANCE DIXON / JOEL DIXON / HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: 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
LANCE DIXON / JOEL DIXON / HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: 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

Class: Junior

Weight: 152 pounds

The story: Ryan, the son of first-year Chandler wrestling coach Mike Ryan, finished the season 41-6 and won the Class 3A state championship match with a 5-2 decision over Perry's Austin Allen. Ryan moved to Oklahoma from Ohio, where he qualified to the Ohio high school state wrestling championships as a sophomore. Ryan was the conference and regional champion this season at 152 pounds, also defeating Allen in the regional title match. He was Chandler's first state champion since 2006.

Cole Pacheco, Deer Creek

Class: Junior

Weight: 160 pounds

The story: Wrestling with a broken hand, Pacheco won his second consecutive state title with a 4-1 decision in the 5A title match over Zach Abkemeier of Collinsville. He won the 5A state championship at 170 pounds, although he also wrestled at 160 pounds during the season. Pachecho finished the season with a 34-4 record, including 25 wins by falls. He won six tournaments, including the regional and state championships.

Zachary Beard, Tuttle

Class: Senior

Weight: 170 pounds

The story: The most dominant wrestler in Oklahoma. Beard finished his career at Tuttle with four state championships and was unbeaten the past two seasons.

Beard was 162-9 in his high school career and was the 30th wrestler in Oklahoma history to win four high school state titles. He finished 41-0 this past season with 29 falls. The last time Beard was defeated was in January 2011 by three-time state champ Zach Skates of Broken Arrow. He was named the most outstanding wrestler of the Class 4A championships. His three wins in the state tournament were by two pins and a forfeit.

Lance Dixon, Edmond North

Class: Junior

Weight: 182 pounds.

The story: One of the famed Dixon triplets, Lance Dixon won his first state championship after finishing as state runner-up a year ago. He captured the title with ease, earning bonus point victories in each of his three matches to help Edmond North win the team title as well. He compiled a 41-1 record and recorded 31 falls, breaking the school record for most falls in a season. He won six tournaments, losing only in the championship match of the elite Kansas City Stampede.

Joel Dixon, Edmond North

Class: Junior

Weight: 195 pounds

The story: Another of the triplets, Joel Dixon dominated opponents all season, and it was no different in the 6A state championships. He pinned Chance Wenglewski of Tulsa Union at 1:35 of the state championship match and recorded an 11-0 major decision in the semifinals over Steve Allen of Broken Arrow. Dixon finished the season 42-0 and won seven tournaments. He was named the most outstanding wrestler of the Yukon tournament, where in the title match he defeated Nick Cobb of Allen, Texas, a four-time Texas high school wrestling champion.

Dixon recorded 29 falls during the season and won his first state championship after finishing third last year as a sophomore.

Andrew Dixon, Edmond North

Class: Junior

Weight: 220 pounds

The story: Like his brothers, Andrew Dixon earned his first state championship this season. He was a state runner-up as a sophomore. Dixon pinned his first two opponents in this year's high school wrestling championships, then scored a 1-0 decision over John Finn of Westmoore in the Class 6A title match to complete a perfect season at 43-0, setting the school record for wins. Dixon recorded 28 falls on the season and won seven tournaments, including the regional and state championships, in helping Edmond North win the team duals and tournament titles.

Tyler Follis, Deer Creek

Class: Senior

Weight: 285 pounds

The story: Follis was the state runner-up in Class 5A, losing a hard-fought 2-1 decision in the 5A title match to defending state champ Jacoby Brown of Chickasha, who finished the season 40-0. Follis finished the season 32-4 with three of the losses to Brown. He won four tournaments during the season, including the regional championship.

Andy Schneider, Edmond North

Coach

The story: Schneider guided Edmond North to the Huskies' first state wrestling championships in school history. Edmond North won two state titles. The Huskies captured the Class 6A dual state title, then two weeks later ran away from three-time defending champion Broken Arrow in the 6A tournament. The Huskies qualified five wrestlers to the finals and four won individual state championships: Andrew, Lance and Joel Dixon and Derek White.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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