Jake Sueflohn: On the Record | Nathan Woelfel
Jake Sueflohn: On the Record | Nathan Woelfel Thursday, January 14, 2016
This season marks the last go-around for Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn.
The Arrowhead High School alumni is in his fifth and final season with the Cornhuskers and he’s looking to make it a memorable one.
Sueflohn earned his 100th career win on Sunday and has lost just 26 times since arriving in Lincoln. He is a three-time NCAA qualifier. However, he is still in search of his first podium finish at the national tournament.
Currently ranked No.5 in the nation at 149 pounds, Sueflohn is out to a 19-2 start this season. But he still has a bit of unfinished business as his college career approaches its conclusion.
“There are things I’ve set as goals that I haven’t achieved yet, at this point. That’s what my main focus is,” Sueflohn said following a match against Wisconsin last week. “I haven’t been an All-American yet. I haven’t won a Big Ten title. So those are things I am really striving for.”
A torn ACL kept Sueflohn out all of last season, but the injury hasn’t caused any problems during the current campaign.
“It’s healthy,” Sueflohn said. “I took a year off to recover. It takes time, but it’s healthy and ready to go.”
In order to reach new heights, Sueflohn has taken a step back and gained a different point of view. He challenges himself on a weekly basis.
“This year, compared to other years, I just have a different perspective. It’s all about the process,” Sueflohn said. “Each week I have a goal for myself. It’s the process and then just getting ready for March.”
Preparing for the end of the season is always of the utmost importance for most collegiate wrestlers, but Sueflohn is paying particular attention to March this year.
“In the past three years of varsity here, I’ve always peeked early. January or February is when I peeked,” Sueflohn said. “This year, I haven’t really wrestled all that well yet. It’s just all about that process and realizing that what happens in March is what really matters and just building towards that.”
Sueflohn estimated that he had 40 or 50 family members in attendance at the UW Field House for last week’s match against the Badgers. That night, he tallied a 9-3 win over Andrew Crone, who is also an AHS alum.
Nebraska went on to win the dual 29-11, a fact Sueflohn took great joy in.
“I love wrestling in Madison. I love getting the win here,” Sueflohn said with a grin. “I wish the Badgers all the best, but I love beating them.”
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