By Ryan Horton
Peyton Hand goes undefeated, takes state title
Choctaw’s lone female wrestler handled all challengers this season as she rolled on to a take top honors Thursday at Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City.
Choctaw High School’s Peyton Hand finished her sophomore year with a perfect 16-0 record when she claimed the first 112-pound OSSAA Girls State Championship.
In Thursday’s final she took a 7-3 decision over Pawhuska senior Landon McCartney (12-2) to take gold.
Hand won by fall over Aralease Callahan, of Broken Arrow, to open the state tourney.
Then in the semifinal, she took a 1-0 decision over Daityn Webb of Davis.
The Lady Yellowjacket wrestler continued her historic high school career by topping the state’s best for a second straight year.
Last year Hand made history as she completed a dominant freshman season that ended by claiming Oklahoma’s first ever female state title with a first-place finish at the 2020 exhibition girls state tournament.
She moved up two weight classes for her sophomore year. So, Thursday she was the third female to ever be presented a fully sanctioned OSSAA State Championship gold wrestling medal.
This season, Hand was one of 10 individual champions in the first official OSSAA-sanctioned girls state wrestling tournament. Hand became Oklahoma’s first ever official 112-pound girls champion wrestler.
Tahlequah’s Ashondra Valencia won the 100-pound championship. Following her was Wagoner’s Alexis Miller at 107-pounds. Then Choctaw’s Hand topped the podium. Guthrie’s Allison Hynes won 118-pound action, Claremore’s Kearanie Johnson topped 127 pounds, Jay’s Lilly Gough was awarded at 136 pounds, Fort Gibson’s Peighton Mullins won at 147 pounds, Yukon’s Kaylee Davis took gold at 161 pounds and Broken Arrow’s Ki’Eisha Cathey was honored at 185 pounds and Olivia Brown secured the 215-pound gold medal.
“I didn’t really think this was going to happen in women’s wrestling,” Hand said. “It took a whole century for this to happen. The boys are having their 100th boys state championship and this is our first one. I’m honored to be able to be one of the people that set this forward.”
Girl State Tournament 112-pound Placers
1st Place – Peyton Hand of Choctaw
2nd Place – Landon McCartney of Pawhuska
3rd Place – Kurrstin Howell of Noble
4th Place – Daityn Webb of Davis