The Waynesville Tigers had a successful weekend at the State Wrestling Championships in Columbia over the weekend, with Sean Sax taking the championship. The Waynesville Tigers finished as the 10th best team in Missouri for Class 4 this season.
Three Tigers came away with medals over the three days. Senior Sean Sax did something that is often considered impossible. He captured the 138 lb state title and finished his season 49-0. Sax has one of the best records in school history with over 150 wins and 3 state medals coming into this year's championship.
He defeated Will Chambers from Holt-Wentzville in the first round. He qualified for the State Title Match by defeating Luke Hardy from Troy. Sax won the title by defeating Blake Berryman from Stanley High School with a 7-3 Decision.
Senior Sean Sax said, about the win in Columbia, after placing the first three years at WHS, “It was very emotional for me. I have been wrestling for eight years and I have been working hard. You're never guaranteed to win a state title and when it happened, it was like all that hard work paid off.” He said his toughest opponent this year was Peter Custer and Colman Branard because “I have been wrestling with them for over six years.”
S. Sax plans to attend Westminster College in Fulton and wrestle for his old youth coaches Mike Eierman and Tim Eierman.
Michael Cassidy placed fourth in the 145 weight class this season. He began the tournament with wins over Austin Landow of Fort Zumwalt West and Cameron Wegener of Lafayette-Wildwood before falling to Josh Steel of Park Hill High School. He defeated Landow of Fort Zumwalt West again to make it in the third place match. In another rematch from earlier he fell Wegener from Lafayette-Wildwood again and earned his spot as the fourth best wrestler in the state.
Cassidy said this about placing over the weekend, “It was alright. I didn't really accomplish my goals to the fullest. I have always wanted to be a state placer. It give me something to work for and next year I'm getting it.” He continued, “I plan to work hard and practice everyday and work to break Sean’s record for most wins in a season next year.”
Cassidy gave this advice to the younger wrestlers, “You can beat anyone you wrestle. Leave no stone unturned.”
Gaven Sax was the third wrestler in the medal round as he began the night by defeating Anthony Benito in the opening round of the 132 weight class. He fell in the next round to Joel Hagemeier from Holt. Sax had victories over Tyler Lowe from Seckman, Andrew Godier from Francils Howell Central, but fell to Caleb Conedera of Timberland High School from St Louis County. He Defeated Garrett LaBelle from Raymore-Peculiar High School from the Kansas area to earn 5th place.
G. Sax said this about placing in Columbia, “It felt pretty good. I have two more years and I could win it both years.” He plans to wrestle in college after high school and try to win a NCAA title.
He gave the following advice to other kids, “Have fun and don't look at it like losing but work to get better.”
Thomas Brady, Aedan Brady, Daniel Albrecht, Devon Stearns, Floyd Moore, Andrew Leitold also qualified for state over the weekend. All though they did not place, their wrestling represented Waynesville well.