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Missouri adds two-time NCAA qualifier Schmitt

Matthew Schmitt (Photo/WVU Athletics)

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou Wrestling head coach Brian Smith has announced the signing of two-time NCAA qualifier and Missouri native Matt Schmitt (Platte City, Mo.), a graduate transfer 133-pounder from West Virginia. Schmitt, a former team captain for the Mountaineers, will have two years of eligibility remaining as he took a redshirt as a freshman and an Olympic redshirt this season.

Last year, Schmitt battled through an elbow injury to earn the No. 16 national seed at the NCAA Championships at 133 pounds. He won his opening round matchup, but was ousted from the championship by top-seeded Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) and then lost in his first bout in the wrestlebacks. In all, he posted a 19-10 record as a RS sophomore.

As a redshirt freshman in 2017-18, he posted a 23-14 record and boasted a top-20 rank nationally throughout the entire season. He placed fourth at a loaded Big 12 Conference Championship tournament, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. At the 2018 NCAA Championships, he went 2-2 despite having to face top-seeded Seth Gross (SDSU) in the opening round.

In all, Schmitt is 42-24 in his two-year career. He will be eligible for Mizzou during the 2020-21 season. He is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 Second Team selection as well.

At Platte City High School, Schmitt was a three-time MSHSAA Class 3 State Champion and the 2015 Class 3 Wrestler of the Year. He was an eight-time Fargo All-American and a USJOC Champion as well.

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