Senior Spotlight: Carter Schmidt, Norwalk

By G. Wyatt Schultz for The Predicament

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?

I am the first in my family to wrestle.

Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process?

It was a gradual process, continuous progress through the years.

What club did you wrestle for growing up and how would you describe your experience with the club?

I grew up in the Norwalk Wrestling Program, Norwalk provided the foundation and passion for the sport. While joining High Altitude Wrestling Club in the 6th grade, this club provided the experience and skills to compete at a higher level.

What are a couple memorable moments from youth/JH wrestling?

One experience was heading over to a University of Iowa dual and meeting Dan Gable with the entire team.

Who were your wrestling heroes growing up?

Some heroes included John Smith, Jordan Burroughs, and Mark Ironside. I was able to go to camps with these guys through High Altitude when I was growing up.

How did you finish at state tournaments in youth?

I qualified multiple years, while only placing 7th my 7th grade year.

How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the HS level?

I placed 4th my junior year at 138 pounds and 2nd my senior year at 152 pounds.

Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making huge strides?

I started to jump levels after joining High Altitude, but my greatest year of improvement was the transition from sophomore year to junior year. I made this improvement by emphasizing my strengths and improving my weaknesses.

Who were some of your toughest competitors in HS?

Jake Mathaidess, Trenton Wennermark, Lance Runyon, and Zach Price.

Who did you have the best battles with?

Cade Moss and Blake Bauer were two I had some of the best battles with.

What are your wrestling goals now that you are moving on from high school?

I'm excited to just focus on wrestling at the next level. My high school years I was involved in three sports including soccer and football. My goals just include becoming the best wrestler I can through a new coaching staff and a higher level of wrestling.

How would you describe your wrestling style? Who would you compare yourself to?

I consider my style to be a reactive offense. I would compare my style with Isaiah Martinez. Not quite to his level but watching him as I grew up.

Do you have any regrets from wrestling or did you leave it all out there?

I wish I would've committed to doing more Freestyle/Greco.

What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?

I played football and soccer through high school. I was all conference/letter winner for multiple years in both sports.

What are some of your hobbies besides wrestling? And what is a favorite moment?

I enjoy things such as boating, fishing and hanging with friends. My favorite memories would be going to wrestling camps/roadtrips/vacation with friends.

What is your favorite HS wrestling memory?

My favorite HS wrestling memory would be wrestling in the state championship final.

What is some of the best advice you ever received?

Best advice I received has come from Chad Tunick. "Relax, have fun, and score points" He taught me that this doesn't just apply to the mat, but to life in general.

Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?

My advice for upcoming wrestlers is offseason is when you make the biggest jumps in wrestling.

Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with at the youth and HS level?

My influential coaches include Chad Tunick, Brandon Schmitz, Major Inning, Wes Duncan, and Jacob Brown.

What was some of your favorite tournaments?

My favorite tournaments would include High school state and Bob Lueders.

How proud were you to be part of such a respectable Norwalk squad?

I couldn't be more proud of how close we were as a team and how far we have come to accomplish what we have.

What are your college plans? Is wrestling in your future whether it be competing or coaching?

I am wrestling at Iowa State University.

What is the future outlook for Norwalk wrestling?

Norwalk wrestling has great potential and a great community to support them. I'm excited to see what they will accomplish.