Humphrey Joins Century Club

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Over the course of his high school years, Hayden Humphrey’s role on the Lumberjack wrestling team has transitioned from learner to leader.

His competitiveness and drive have never changed, rewarding him with his 100th win Wednesday, Jan. 6 in front of a home crowd.

Hayden Humphrey wins by pin and grabs his 100th varsity career win.

Hayden Humphrey wins by pin and grabs his 100th varsity career win.

“I planned to do this since the second I heard about the 100-win club in the 5th or 6th grade,” Hayden said.

Now the senior leader of a freshman-sophomore dominant wrestling team, the memories of his time as an under-classmen have allowed Hayden to hold an 18-3 record to start his senior year – but also to help the learners on his team.

“It was really important that I come into a really good room with guys that pushed me,” Hayden said. “There’s a huge transition from middle school to high school, and the guys in that room really pushed me.”

Former teammates and 100-match winners Josh Richmond, Isaac Walters and Joe Bloomsburg were on hand for Hayden’s 100th career win, a one-minute 23-second pin against Hunter Northington of Coeur d’Alene JV.

“They were a huge part of my high school career,” said Hayden. “To watch them get it was pretty cool and got me a little more motivated to keep going.”

Now looking down the home stretch of his senior season, Hayden’s role on the team has allowed him to impart his knowledge to younger teammates, and also push them to a fourth-straight district championship.

“They all have seen it done and seen what it takes,” Hayden said of his 100th win. “We have a great group of guys. It really opens your eyes when you watch new kids, and it’s exciting to watch them grow and improve. I want to leave my high school career as a four-time district champion, and a four-time team district champion. It’s going to be a lot harder this year than in the past. They’re really excited for it.”

The Lumberjacks return home Tuesday, Feb. 9, with matches set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at St. Maries High School.

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