For the Dixon triplets — Edmond North's version of the Three Musketeers — it really was all for one and one for all.
Before the Class 6A state wrestling tournament, Lance, Joel and Andrew Dixon said they would not be happy unless all three were state champions this season.
“That's just part of who we are,”said Andrew Dixon, the state champ at 220 pounds. “We kind of feel like we are one person. When my brothers lose, I feel like I lost.”
But there would be no such feelings at State Fair Arena this weekend for the Dixons.
The triplets each won state wrestling titles as expected on Saturday night, and Derek White won one for the Huskies as well.
The result was Edmond North capturing the 6A state wrestling championship for the first time in school history. The Huskies dethroned Broken Arrow, which had won the last three 6A titles.
The tournament title completes a trifecta for the Edmond North wrestling program. The Huskies won their first state dual title two weeks ago and also were named the 6A academic champs at this weekend's wrestling championships.
“It couldn't have been any sweeter,” said Lance Dixon, the state champ at 182 pounds.
White won a 6-4 decision over defending state champ Nathan Marek of Southmoore at 170 pounds, giving the Huskies four individual state champions for the first time in history.
White had lost to Marek three times this season. He also avenged an earlier loss to Brock Warren of Broken Arrow in the first round.
“He had two upsets,” Lance Dixon said of White. “It was an amazing thing for him. He pulled it out and I am so happy for him.”
Edmond North coach Andy Schneider was most happy for former Huskies head coach and current assistant Rick Bollenbach, who just missed winning a state championship 11 years ago.
“He started the whole program at Edmond North,” Schneider said. “They were a point and a half away 11 years ago. When we switched places (four years ago), I made sure he stayed on. I think this means a lot to him.”
Bollenbach said getting so close in 2002 still sticks in his craw.
“It will always be there, but this definitely makes it a little easier,” Bollenbach said.