DENVER - C.J. Hamby vowed to return to the Pepsi Center and win.
But he wanted more than one win in the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 5A State Wrestling
Hamby, the Durango High School senior and two-time state tournament qualifier, picked up the Demons' lone victory of
the 2010 tournament Friday when he won his first consolation match at 112 pounds in Class 5A.
In an emotional consolation-round opener, Hamby staged a dramatic comeback when he pinned Frank Vigil of Air Academy
with 53 seconds remaining in the match.
At the time, Hamby was in dire straits as he trailed the short, stocky Vigil 2-1.
I was trying to do anything I could do to get those points (at the end of the match)," Hamby said.
I was having trouble with him on my feet. So once I got on top, I really worked to get those back points. Once I
got those, that was great. But if I could stick him, that was even better," he said of the pin that brought a huge
ovation from the small but loud DHS family cheering section.
I had to get a win. I couldn't come to the state tournament and go two and out," Hamby said.
It was an important win for our team, our coaches for our parents who came over here to watch us. It was important
for our program.
If I had lost, we wouldn't have scored any points in the state tournament. I had to win that match."
Earlier this season, Vigil edged Hamby by one point at the Pagosa Springs tournament.
So to beat him here, to pin him here that was great," Hamby said.
Later Friday night, Hamby lost in the second consolation round to Eric Aguilar of Westminster 19-4 to end his run at
state. Hamby finished his senior season 24-11.
Rudy Peterson of Durango (103 pounds) battled against Kyle McCririe of Douglas Country in the consolation round
Peterson led 2-0 in the first period with a takedown. McCririe escaped late in the period to cut Peterson's lead to
He pulled even in the second period.
Then, with 10 seconds on the clock in the period, McCririe completed a takedown for two points and a 4-2 lead.
McCririe, in the up position for the final period, managed to hold onto Peterson, turning back a near escape with 40
seconds left as the Douglas County wrestler won 4-2.
Peterson, a junior and two-time state qualifier for the Demons, finished his season 29-8.
C.J. just couldn't get anything going (against the Westminster wrestler)," DHS head coach Doug Cuddie said. He
didn't wrestle poorly (Aguilar) just took it to him."
Still, Cuddie said he was pleased to see Hamby get a win in his last state tournament.
That's the hardest part of coaching, seeing someone like C.J. who is short of his goal," Cuddie said.
But I can't say enough about C.J. and his family. We're really going to miss him," Cuddie said.
Peterson, Cuddie said, has a chance to come back to state next year - and hopefully bring more Demon teammates with