Murray County

February 5, 2010

It's all in the family

Webb siblings share love of sport

Josh Webb is one of Murray County High School�s most consistent wrestlers and the junior doesn�t mind sharing his knowledge of the sport with anyone seeking his advice.

That would include his younger sister, Kayla, a sophomore who competes with North Murray�s first-year wrestling program.

Talk about fun-loving competitive skirmishes around the Webb household in Chatsworth.

Josh, obviously, is the most experienced wrestler in the Webb home because he�s been wrestling since his days at Bagley Middle School. As a sophomore at Murray County, Webb won a weight-class title at the Dalton High�s Carpet Classic and finished fourth in the Class 4A West state sectionals.

�He�s done great,� Indians coach Chris Thornbury said. �He�s working hard to qualify for state and I think he can medal. Last year he had a tough draw at sectionals and didn�t qualify. But I�m expecting big things from Josh at the end of this year.�

Josh�s hard work and expertise are what gave Kayla thoughts of becoming a competitive wrestler. In fact, Josh would frequently try some of his moves on his younger sibling, whose only experience in the sport had been working as a team manager for three years at Bagley Middle. She knew the rules of wrestling and the scoring system, but little else, especially when it came to technique on the mat.

�I didn�t know anything at first,� she said. �I was clueless.�

But it didn�t take long for her to catch on, especially with Josh feeding her tips that served to speed up her learning process. Still, when Kayla turned out for North Murray�s first practice ready to wrestle, the reaction from the male wrestlers to her working out was, well, typical.

�It was very awkward,� said Kayla, who like Josh wrestles at 103 and 112 pounds. �No one would talk to me for about the first week and no one wanted to practice with me. I started doing my own thing and they started realizing that I can be just as good as them. So, if they practiced with me they could get good, too.�

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