By Shane Bennett
Daityn Webb was among the first-ever class of girls state placers in Oklahoma when she took fourth in the 112-pound division on Feb. 25 in Oklahoma City. She won two matches and lost two in the first sanctioned girls state wrestling tournament.
Webb entered the bracket by taking third in the west regional two weeks ago and began the day at State by knocking off the East Regional runner-up. Webb got the first takedown in the first period, but then gave up a reversal to even the match at two points. In the second, Webb chose bottom and nearly got turned to her back. But then she recovered, scored a reversal and pinned the Morris wrestler late in the period to advance to the semifinals.
In the semis, she faced Peyton Hand, who was undefeated and would eventually champion the bracket. An escape by Hand in the second period would be the only point scored in the match as Webb wrestled the Choctaw champion closer than anyone else, but couldn’t secure the victory.
In the consolation semifinals, Webb had to win her match twice. She scored the first takedown with a quick single-leg in the opening seconds. She led 2-1 by the end of the first and then spent the second period trying to fight off a ferocious leg-ride by the Bristow wrestler, who chose top to start the period.
Leading 2-1 still, Webb chose her feet in the third period and scored another takedown to go ahead 4-1. It looked like that would be the final score until a locked-hands penalty was added to a reversal with just two ticks left on the clock. That tied the match and sent it into overtime.
In the first overtime period on their feet, neither wrestler scored and then neither secured an escape or backpoints in the 30-second periods on the mat that followed. The seventh “period” was the criteria overtime where the wrestler who scored first gets their choice. Webb chose top and rode the Bristow Pirate for the entire 30 seconds to earn the victory and her place on the podium.
In her final match, Webb fell to Kurrstin Howell of Noble for the fourth time this season and finished fourth.
Kallee Boatwright also represented Davis in the tournament, wrestling at 118-pounds. Like Webb, she too faced the East Regional runner-up in her first match and she nearly pulled off the upset as well.
The Pawhuska wrestler scored a quick takedown and then tallied back-points as well, mounting a 5-0 lead in the middle of the second period. Then Boatwright used a headlock to reverse the Lady Husky to her back and was within inches of a pin when the second period clock ran out.
Unfortunately for Boatwright she would lose by fall in the third period and then again in her consolation match and be eliminated from the tournament.
The State Fair arena was mostly empty for the event, a common site during the pandemic season, but that didn’t dampen the atmosphere in the first ever girls state tournament.
Webb and Boatwright, a sophomore and freshman, respectively will look to make it back to the event in 2022.