Before seventh grade, wrestling wasn't even on Durango High School senior C.J. Hamby's radar. Yet, there he was,sharing the spotlight on Senior Night with teammates Cory Prentice, Logan Winborn and their respective families.
Back in seventh grade, it was my dad that really got me to wrestle," Hamby said. I was more into the basketball mode,but thank goodness that changed, because wrestling really changed who I was."
The senior 112-pounder said his dad, Charles, didn't have to twist his arm too hard to get him to rethink his hoop
The selling point was that it got me stronger for football, and back then football was my main thing," Hamby said.
After the last few years, consider wrestling Hamby's main thing.
Hamby pinned Dove Creek's Chris Terpstra in the second period, and the Demons bested the Bulldogs 42-15 at Durango High
School on Thursday.
Hamby said the Senior Night festivities helped fire him up for his match against Terpstra. Getting the pin in his last
home match not only was a nice way to begin putting the finishing touches on his career, but also a nice momentum boost
heading into weekend duals at Montrose and Fruita Monument and later, regionals.
I've had a couple bad days at practice (this week), and (Thursday night) I wanted to change things for the weeks
ahead," he said. This pin (Thursday night) kind of got my blood moving."
Durango also was the beneficiary of big wins by sophomore heavyweight Trevor Gillen, who pinned Dove Creek's Blaine
Davies in the third period for a comeback victory, and Hamby's fellow senior Prentice, who edged the Bulldogs' Dillon
Sanders 3-2 in the 152-pound match.
Rudy Peterson (103 pounds), Elliott Salazar (135 pounds) and Joe Ott-Edwards (171 pounds) were forfeit winners for the
Durango coach Doug Cuddie said while he wasn't thrilled with some of the Demons' slow starts, a couple of comeback
victories by Gillen and Donald Kirby helped his mood.
Kirby pinned Dalton Randolph in the 125-pound match.
Trevor (Gillen), Donald (Kirby) - they're losing matches, and they come back and get a fall," Cuddie said.
That's what we ask of them, to wrestle for six minutes, and that's what they did."
The Bulldogs' Justin Guynes, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A at 185 pounds, earned a third-period fall over Durango's Lucas
The rest of Dove Creek's points came via a Cole Baughman pin of Estevan Taulli at 119 pounds and Levi Randolph's 8-3
victory over Dakota Sutherlin at 145 pounds.
The dual was a makeup of a previously scheduled meet that was canceled because of snow. According to Cuddie, the timing
couldn't have been better, especially given the fact that Dove Creek has three ranked wrestlers on the squad.
They wrestle so hard, and they wrestle tough," Cuddie said.
Getting it rescheduled was probably better for us than it was for them, because they had to travel all the way down
The road doesn't get any easier for Durango this weekend. The Demons travel to Montrose tonight and Fruita Monument on
Cuddie said he hopes the effort from Thursday's victory carries over into the weekend and beyond.
The most important thing is that we kept wrestling for six minutes," Cuddie said.
After enjoying his moment in the spotlight with his fellow seniors, Hamby said he's focused on the potential accolades
that could await in the near future.
I want to go out there and win regionals, and from there, state," he said. State's the most important thing. It's the
thing we've been looking to all year."
But Hamby had some business to take care of first, namely, giving the people responsible for his start in wrestling a
nice going-away present.
My family was here, and ever since I started wrestling in seventh grade, my family's been there," he said of Charles
and Diana, his parents. It (the pin) wasn't so much for me or the fans as it was for my parents, because they're the