ENID, OK. Last weekend the Edmond North wrestling team traveled to Enid, Oklahoma to compete in the annual Mid-America Nationals Tournament. This prestigious tournament featured 35 top teams from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. When the dust settled, the Huskies amassed 585 team points to finish in first place. Rounding out the top five teams include Tuttle, Mustang, Jay and Maize, Kansas.
On Friday, the Huskies wrestled in pool competition to qualify for the gold and silver pools on Saturday. North had 18 of their 20 wrestlers make it to the gold bracket on Saturday.
Cade Hill (Jr.-132 lbs.) and Hudson Hackbarth (So.-120 lbs.) competed in the silver bracket and each won all of their matches to claim first place. Out of the 18 wrestlers in the gold bracket, the Huskies placed eight individuals in the top four to earn medalist honors.
Garrett McBride (Sr.) was the lone Husky champion in the 106 lbs. weight class. After a tight 10-7 semifinal win, he took just 18 seconds to pin his opponent in the finals. North had runner-up finishes from Christian Belford (So.-113 lbs.), Hunter Hollingsworth (So.-120 lbs.), Kody Routledge (Fr.-145 lbs.) and Ricky Thomas (So.-195 lbs.).
Medaling in 3rd place were Talon McCollom (So.-160 lbs.) and Oscar Williams (So.-170 lbs.) and in 4th place Layton Schneider (So.-152 lbs.).
“I’m extremely proud of our team and the effort they showed during these two full days of wrestling,” Edmond North head coach Andy Schneider said. “The Mid-America Nationals Tournament attracts the region’s best wrestlers and being able to bring home the first place team trophy assures an exciting season for our team.”
The Huskies have had an impressive start to the season. Last week Edmond North defeated Deer Creek 65-6 to a packed house Thursday night and the previous week hosted their season opener against the El Reno Indians with a 54-16 victory.