Saeugling gets win No. 100
WINFIELD — With a 2-1 decision over Tucker Morrison of Columbus, WACO’s Cey Saeugling claimed the 100th win of his high school wrestling career.
It was a big moment for the wrestler, as the crowd celebrated the achievement he had been working towards for a long time, and he was thrilled — even if he didn’t have the energy to show it right after the match.
“It might not look like it, but inside, I’m really excited,” Saeugling said just minutes after the win. “Not many people get to 100.”
The senior wrestler has been aiming for the milestone for four years.
“Freshman year, I made it my goal to break 100 (wins) and qualify for state,” Saeugling said. “I got one done last year.”
Saeugling qualified for state with a second-place district finish as a junior last season, and wrestled in Des Moines last February.
Going into last night’s double dual, Saeugling knew his other goal was in reach — he had 99 wins down and was looking for No. 100.
That win did not come easily.
Saeugling wrestled with a 2-0 lead after an early takedown, but couldn’t gain any more ground.
However, he also didn’t let Morrison make a comeback, allowing just one point for an escape with less than 10 seconds left in the third period to hold on for the win.
“It feels great — he (Morrison) was a big boy; he was strong,” Saeugling said, and his coach agreed.
“The guy from Columbus is a good wrestler — a young kid who wrestled really tough — and that’s what we need: hard, six-minute matches,” WACO Coach Justin Chambers said. “I’m very proud (of Saeugling). He had good offense on his feet; it was a good win.”
Saeugling and his coach weren’t the only ones who knew that the win was a big one — fans were waiting with balloons and “100” signs, and a loud cheer went up as time expired.
“I was a little more nervous (for this match) — it is a bigger crowd,” Saeugling said. “It’s closer to home, so I knew I’d have more people to support me.”
Chambers also acknowledged the WACO crowd that attended the meet at nearby Winfield.
“I’m real thankful for the fans — we don’t get a huge following for wrestling, so it was good to see some kids come out,” Chambers said.
Saeugling went on to get win No. 101 on Thursday night as well, as he pinned Lone Tree’s Drake Dauber in 56 seconds.