Schmitt Claims Third at Lindenwood Open

By Amy Salvatore

November 18, 2017

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt went 4-1 in his pool to finish third in his respective weight class, as the West Virginia University wrestling team competed at the Lindenwood Open in St. Charles, Missouri, on Saturday.  

Junior Joe Wheeling and redshirt senior Parker VonEgidy also claimed the 141-pound and 174-pound consolation titles, respectively. VonEgidy moved to 10-2 on the season, while Wheeling competed in his first open tournament of the year, going 4-1 at the event to move to 5-2 on the season.  

Schmitt, ranked No. 20 via The Open Mat, notched four wins on his way to a third-place finish at 133 pounds, moving to 9-2 on the year. Schmitt also finished third in his pool at the Clarion Open just two weeks ago.  

"It's unbelievable," said fourth-year coach Sammie Henson. "He is committed to getting better every week. He's a hard worker, and he wants to go out like a champion. He's progressing great."  

The Platte City, Missouri, native picked up two victories, claiming his first win of the day with a 12-3 major decision over SIUE's Lucas Bernal. Schmitt then went ON to claim a 7-1 decision AGAINST Lindenwood's Hunter Harlason, before dropping a 4-3 decision to Iowa State's Ian Parker in the third round of competition. Schmitt bounced back, though, winning by fall in the first period (2:19) over unattached wrestler Kristofer Hudson. He then used a 9-2 decision over Iowa State's Markus Simmons to claim third place in his respective bracket.  

At 141 pounds, Wheeling dropped a 13-3 major decision to unattached wrestler Kaden Gfeller in the second round of competition. He then rolled to three straights wins, earning himself a spot in the finals of the consolation bracket. Wheeling finished the day with an 8-0 major decision over Missouri's Nick Nasenbeny, his third of the event, to claim first place overall in his respective pool.  

VonEgidy went 4-1 to claim first place in the consolation bracket at 174 pounds. VonEgidy fell to MVC's Dalton Tiptop early on in the second period (3:12) to move to the consolation finals, where he won by fall over BC's Kaleb Mitchel (2:31) before taking a 13-3 major decision over UCM's Cole Kemna. He then faced MAU's Mladen Vasilev, claiming an 8-2 decision, before winning the overall bracket with a 16-5 major decision over unattached wrestler Anthony Falbo.  

Of note, 10 other Mountaineers competed in a Gold and Blue singlet at the Lindenwood Open on Saturday, while two wrestlers competed unattached.  

"These tournaments are tough, but these matches only make you sharper," Henson said. "We have to commit to the process, and I think we are making progress each and every week."  

Looking ahead, the Mountaineers will open their 2017-18 home slate against No. 15 Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 25, and it is the first of two Dollar Days planned for the year. All tickets and select concessions will be available for $1 each. Additionally, the first 150 fans in attendance will receive a free WVU WWE-style t-shirt.   

2017 Lindenwood Open Results


No. 12/13/17 Zeke Moisey (WVU) dec. Perez Perez (UI), 7-2
No. 12/13/17 Zeke Moisey (WVU) wins by fall Charles McNeal (MKU), F 0:22
Christian Moody (OU) dec. No. 12/13/17 Zeke Moisey (WVU), 6-1
Jonathan Marmolejo (ISU) wins by medical forfeit No. 12/13/17 Zeke Moisey (WVU)
Charles NcNeal (MKU) wins by medical forfeit No. 12/13/17 Zeke Moisey (WVU)
Barlow McGhee (MU) dec. Devin Brown (WVU), 13-9
Devin Brown (WVU) wins by fall Jay Branch (WBC), F 4:55
Elijah Hale (OKS – unattached) dec. Devin Brown (WVU), 4-3
Jonathan Marmolejo (ISU) dec. Joey Thomas (WVU – unattached), 3-2
Elijah Hale (OKS – unattached) dec. Joey Thomas (WVU – unattached), 5-1


No. -/-/20 Matthew Schmitt (WVU) major dec. Lucas Bernal (SIUE), 12-3
No. -/-/20 Matthew Schmitt (WVU) dec. Hunter Haralson (LU), 7-1
Ian Parker (ISU) dec. No. -/-/20 Matthew Schmitt (WVU), 4-3
No. -/-/20 Matthew Schmitt (WVU) wins by fall Kristofer Hudson (OU – unattached), F 2:19
No. -/-/20 Matthew Schmitt (WVU) dec. Markus Simmons (ISU), 9-2 [third place]


Joe Wheeling (WVU) tech. fall Harrison Bamman (LU – unattached), 16-0
Kaden Gfeller (OKS– unattached) major dec. Joe Wheeling (WVU), 13-3
Joe Wheeling (WVU) major dec. Alex Waggoner (MAU), 13-0
Joe Wheeling (WVU) dec. Parker Filius (PU – unattached), 8-3
Joe Wheeling (WVU) major dec. Austin Meyn (CU), 11-0
Joe Wheeling (WVU) major dec. Nick Nasenbeny (MU), 8-0 [consolation champion]


Kyler Rea (WVU) dec. Tyshawn Williams (SIUE), 4-0
Alex Butler (MU) dec. Kyler Rea (WVU), 3-2
Kyler Rea (WVU) dec. Nate Smalling (MKU), 8-6
Kyler Rea (WVU) dec. Gavin DeWitt (ISU), 3-1
Phillyp Deloach (MU) dec. Kyler Rea (WVU), 9-4
Christian Monserrat (WVU) dec. Austin Roper (BC), 10-6
Dante Rodriguez (ISU) major dec. Christian Monserrat (WVU), 16-4
Christian Monserrat (WVU) tech. fall Cory Pych (DU), 17-2
Noah Teaney (OU) dec. Christian Monserrat (WVU), 8-3


Hunter Jones (WVU) major dec. Sterling Karr (MVC), 14-4
No. -/2/- Joseph Lavallee (MU) tech. fall Hunter Jones (WVU), 21-4
Hunter Jones (WVU) dec. Marcus Thompson (MVC), 6-4
Wyatt Sheets (OKST) tech. fall Hunter Jones (WVU), 16-0
Ryan Lopez (WVU) wins by fall Zane Heiter (UCM), F 2:09
Ryan Strope (MKU) dec. Ryan Lopez (WVU), 7-2
Matt Pratt (MAU) dec. Ryan Lopez (WVU), 6-1


Nick Kiussis (WVU) wins by fall Luke Dunn (MAR), F 2:25
Nick Kiussis (WVU) dec. Kenny Moore (NIU – unattached), 4-1
Connor Flynn (MU) major dec. Nick Kiussis (WVU), 13-5
Nate Higgins (SIUE) dec. Nick Kiussis (WVU), 10-5


Dalton Tiptop (MVC) wins by fall Parker VonEgidy (WVU), F 3:12
Parker VonEgidy (WVU) wins by fall Kaleb Mitchel (BC), F 2:31
Parker VonEgidy (WVU) major dec. Cole Kemna (UCM), 13-3
Parker VonEgidy (WVU) dec. Mladen Vasilev (MAU), 8-2
Parker VonEgidy (WVU) major dec. Anthony Falbo (PU – unattached), 16-5 [consolation champion]


Dane Pestano (ISU) dec. Brenden McRill (WVU), 7-5 [SV-1]
Brenden McRill (WVU), major dec. Matt Striegel (MU), 13-5
Cliff-Steven Decius (LIC) dec. Brenden McRill (WVU), 6-4


Hunter DeLong (WVU) tech. fall Braden Zini (WBC), 18-2
Jacob Warner (UI – unattached) tech. fall Hunter DeLong (WVU), 19-4
Hunter DeLong (WVU) dec. Donavan Fouchey (MVC), 10-9
Christian Dulaney (SIUE) major dec. Hunter DeLong (WVU), 18-7
Andrew Dixon (OU) tech. fall Hunter DeLong (WVU), 18-0
Christian Dulaney (SIUE) major dec. Noah Adams (WVU – unattached), 18-5
Noah Adams (WVU – unattached) wins by fall Aaron Martin (DA), F 3:15
Noah Adams (WVU – unattached) major dec. Austin Weldon (OBU), 14-2
Cade Brownlee (UI – unattached) dec. Noah Adams (WVU – unattached), 7-3


Dante Jiovenetta (MU) dec. Brandon Ngati (WVU), 3-2
Jacob Bohlken (MU) dec. Brandon Ngati (WVU), 2-0

*Rankings are listed as followed: FloWrestling/Intermat/The Open Mat*

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