Edmond North wins title at Mid-America Nationals

Josh Lowe

12/9/2012
Josh Lowe, InterMat High School Analyst
josh@intermatwrestle.com

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TULSA, Okla. -- In a 26-school tournament, to have the top four teams finishing within ten points of each other. That is extremely rare. It happened in this weekend's Mid-America Nationals hosted by Tulsa Union, Okla. Unranked Edmond North, Okla., won the title with 223 points keyed by four champions Josh Breece (126), No. 8 Lance Dixon (182), Joel Dixon (195), and No. 6 Andrew Dixon (220). Cy Trindle (113) finished third, as the squad had eight total top six placers. They were without multi-time state qualifier Derek White at 170.

Second place in the tournament went to No. 13 Collinsville, Okla., with 222 points. They had four champions as well in Christian Moody (106), No. 14 Davion Jeffries (113), Gary Wayne Harding (138), and Dylan Helm (145). Runner-up finishes came from Ryan Heiden (126) and Will Steltzen (132). They had six overall top eight placer-finishers as well, despite the absence of two-time state placer Zach Abkemeier at 170.

Third place went to No. 22 Allen, Tex., with 215 points in spite of missing three key starters, including nationally ranked wrestlers in Oliver Pierce (152) and Nick Cobb (195), due to their state quarterfinal football game on Saturday night. No. 4 Bo Nickal (160) was the sole champion for the Eagles, while Dan Cartagena (138), A.J. Hinkle (145), and Matt Meyer (182) finished in second place with a total of ten placing top eight (nine inside the top six).

Fourth place was No. 16 Tuttle, Okla., with 213 points led by championships from Gunner Laffoon (132) and No. 5 Zach Beard (170). They had three runner-up finishers as well, including Beau Guffey (106), Austin Elam (152), and Nathan Jackson (285). Dakota Head (145) finished third, as they had nine total placers (eight in the top six) despite the absence of two-time third in the state Isaac Beard (160).

Rounding out the weight class champions were Eli Hale (Miami, Okla.) at 120, Zac Contreras (Riordan, Okla.) at 152, and Solomon Vanover (Westmoore, Okla.) at 285.

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