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April 15, 2019 at 4:53 pm #89154
Redshirt senior Christian Monserrat, a native of Methuen, Massachusetts, was presented with the team’s Most Valuable Wrestler award. The 149-pound grappler led the team with 24 victories, amassing a total of 70 wins in his five-year career at West Virginia. His senior campaign was highlighted by a 3-1 decision over then-No. 4 Justin Oliver of NC State on Jan. 13, marking his first-ever win over a top-five opponent. Monserrat, who was nationally ranked in the top 20 throughout the season, placed fourth at the 2019 Big 12 Wrestling Championship and qualified for his first NCAA Tournament in his final season in a Mountaineer singlet.
Redshirt sophomore Matthew Schmitt and Monserrat received this year’s Outstanding Wrestler award. Schmitt, a native of Platte City, Missouri, ended the year with 18 victories, including seven major decisions and four technical falls. Schmitt, who topped a pair of ranked opponents throughout the season, advanced to the 133-pound Big 12 semifinals for the second consecutive year, eventually placing fourth overall to become a two-time NCAA qualifier. He also posted a 5-0 mark in the 133-pound open division at the Hokie Open to claim his first tournament title on Nov. 4.
Redshirt freshman Noah Adams earned this year’s Rookie of the Year award. Adams, a native of Coal City, West Virginia, tied for second on the team with 19 wins, notching six major decisions and two wins by fall on the year. The 197-pound wrestler earned a podium finish at this year’s Big 12 Championship, placing fifth overall to make his debut at the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Brandon Ngati received this year’s Most Improved Wrestler award. The Gaithersburg, Maryland, native more than tripled his career-win total this season, placing sixth in the heavyweight division at the Big 12 Championship to capture an automatic bid to Nationals for the first time in his career.
Freshman Tucker Nadeau won the team’s Mountain Man award, which honors a wrestler that best exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. It also is awarded to a student-athlete who strives to become a better person, teammate and student-athlete, as well as someone who is a good representative of the program, University and state. The Bigfork, Montana, native wrestled at several open tournaments throughout the season, claiming 10 wins at 165 pounds. Nadeau moved up two weight classes to cap his freshman campaign, competing at this year’s Big 12 Championship in the 184-pound division. Off the mat, Nadeau, who is a world language, literature and linguistics major, earned a 4.0 grade point average in his first semester at WVU.
Additionally, redshirt freshman Sean Mullican earned this year’s Iron Mountaineer award for his efforts in the weight room. The award was presented by strength and conditioning coach Tanner Kolb.April 16, 2019 at 8:35 am #89173
Glad to see some positive news on the program. Coach Flynn, along with coaches Moore & Port, should be commended on this season. There was probably more in-season improvement in this squad than any in a long time. It started kind of rough with a bunch of young, raw talent and just a smattering of seasoned wrestlers, but as the season went along, there were a lot of adjustments and guys getting acclimated to the college level. Can only imagine how much more progression will be made in year 2. Looks like another good hire by ADSL. The awards given by the staff were all spot on!April 16, 2019 at 8:45 am #89175
Thanks for the input, Pedro. There were a few sports where WVU was far behind its conference foes when WVU entered the Big 12. The Mountaineers have made huge improvements in baseball to be competitive. The wrestling challenge is probably even tougher than that, but agreed that this looked like a positive first step.
Can WVU compete with Penn State and other eastern powers to get a roster that is good enough to climb the ladder? Agree that Tim Flynn was a very good hire.
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