Your best bet, without prestige classes but a focus with a dwarven axe is a crusader or warblade. They are great single classed melee fighters that can keep up and are interesting to play.
For resources, take a look at the tome of battle for dummies.
For a Level 9 Dwarf... who desires to tank, go with Crusader: they can keep themselves alive and functional for an astonishing time.
For a recommended build, go with the Stomguard Crusader here:
This build is a good example of a leap-frogging pattern, acquiring Thicket of Blades as fast as possible before alternating between 2 Crusader levels and additional Warblade levels to allow for cherry picking of maneuvers.
It sacrifices the Improved Trip of the pure Crusader build and a slightly slowed maneuver progression so as to add in a smattering of useful warblade maneuvers and the powerful Stormguard Warrior feat. This feat is added on the existing Crusader strategy of pinning down your opponent and then creating a lose-lose situation for them - any attacks they provoke from Robilar's Gambit can now be sacrificed for bonuses to attacks and damage with Channel the Storm. Furthermore, you can spend a round charging up Combat Rhythm and then use Stand Still to prevent an opponent moving away from you - virtually guaranteeing that they will be on the receiving end of the hefty bonuses you're accumulated.
Put simply, compared to the straight Crusader build it trades a small amount of battlefield control capability for a significant increase in damage dealing ability.
Details of the build are in the post, but the heart is a Crusader 8 / Warblade 1 with powers chosen to beat people down and take a beating.
From here, we can reference the Crusader Handbook, which recommends a greatsword or falchion. And has a large list of enchantments to make spending your 12,000 gp (which is one third of what you should have -- this is really going to hurt. Ask your gm to reset it to the appropriate 36k) easier.
Alternatively, you could just go with a level 9 dwarf cleric designed to beat peoples' faces in (and not heal at all.) With the appropriate self buffs like divine power makes you absolutely amazing. With that said, a dwarven cleric would get significant mileage out of ordained champion, so... you may have to relax your rule on prestige classes here.