WACO claims first win, Saeugling 2nd at tourney
WACO wrestling Cey Saeugling placed second in his weight class (170 pounds) at the Midland Tournament on Saturday.
Going into the tournament, the WACO team was coming off its first dual win of the season, and the first of Coach Justin Chambers’ two-year career.
The Warriors defeated Pekin, 21-18, in a double dual at Highland last Thursday.
“The kids did a great job and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with a few great guys,” Chambers said.
Pekin scored first the dual on a forfeit at 106 pounds. Adrian Unternahrer (145 pounds) the received a forfeit of his own for WACO’s first points.
“Adrian (Unternahrer) didn’t have a match, but without him we would have never won the dual. He is always at practice and working hard to get better.”
Jorge Chacon then defeated Tyler Copeland by a 12-10 decision in overtime of the 160-pound match.
“Jorge (Chacon) bumped up a weight class and wrestled an amazing match,” Chambers said. “He is still learning but fought like crazy and finally came back and won the match in overtime. He proves through hard work good things will come.”
Saeugling received a forfeit at 170 pounds, and then Pekin added six points on a forfeit at 182 pounds and another six on a forfeit at 220 for their final score.
At 285 pounds, however, Josh Shumaker pinned Michael Hadley for WACO’s final six points, sealing the win.
“Josh (Shumaker) wrestled the same kid last year and barely beat him by points. To go out and dominate the match and win by fall was amazing,” Chambers said. “He has improved so much. His record doesn’t show that, but I know he has come a long ways.”
The Warriors lost their dual against Highland on Thursday, 30-12.
“We just didn’t match up real well with Highland,” Chambers said. “They had good kids where we had some younger and inexperienced wrestlers, and where we had better kids, they either didn’t have them or just weren’t our caliber.”
Shumaker won by forfeit and Saeugling won by fall — 51 seconds against Spencer Wieland — in the dual.
In Saturday’s tournament, Saeugling went 2-1 to finish as the 170-pound runner up.
His loss was a 6-3 decision in the championship match.
“Cey (Saeugling) wrestled pretty well,” Chambers said. “We have a few things to work on and clean up, but he needed to see some good kids to be pushed a little.
“Wrestling is a sport where it doesn’t really matter what happens during the season — it all comes down to how kids are doing at the end of the year,” Chambers added. “I think Cey (Saeugling) is on the right path to finish the season and his career off with a bang.”
WACO will be back on the mats Thursday when they travel to New London for a double dual against the Tigers and Van Buren, starting at 6:30 p.m.