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Athlete of the Week: D.J. Hamiti

D.J. Hamiti, Joliet Catholic Academy, Sophomore, Wrestling

D.J. Hamiti
Joliet Catholic Academy
D.J. Hamiti Joliet Catholic Academy

Why Hamiti was selected: The sophomore repeated as a Class 2A champion after taking first place at 126 and going 42-4. He became the first Hilltoppers athlete to capture more than one individual state title.

Herald-News sports writer Curt Herron talked with Hamiti.

Herron: What do you like the most about wrestling?

Hamiti: I like how it's individual and that you don't have to rely on anybody but you have to rely on yourself for what you can do on a team.

Herron: What do you like most about this year's team?

Hamiti: I liked how we worked together really well and made each other better every day in the practice room.

Herron: What do you like the most about competing for Joliet Catholic?

Hamiti: I like how the coaches work with everyone and not just certain kids.

Herron: What do you want to do in your free time?

Hamiti: Just play video games or watch TV.

Herron: What's your favorite sports team and who's your favorite athlete?

Hamiti: I like the Penn State wrestling team. And my favorite athlete is David Taylor, who is on the World Team.

Herron: What do you want to do in your future?

Hamiti: In the next two years I want to win state again. And then maybe commit to a college. I'd like to study physical science or physical therapy.

Herron: Who is someone that you'd like to meet?

Hamiti: Kyle Dake, who is on the World Team.

Herron: What's your favorite type of food and place to eat?

Hamiti: Any food is good. And Nabby's.

Herron: What's your favorite TV show?

Hamiti: When I get to watch TV, I usually watch a sports channel like Big Ten Network.

Herron: What's your favorite type of music?

Hamiti: I don't really listen to music that much.

Herron: Where's the most interesting place you've been and where would you like to visit?

Hamiti: I went to Utah and that was pretty cool. And I'd like to visit Cuba.

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