GREENVILLE — Greenville wrestling teammates Carter Magirl and Michael Schmidt will have the opportunity to remain teammates for another four years.
After helping the Yellow Jackets to another team state finals appearance, both seniors signed last week to wrestle collegiately with the Olivet Comets.
For Magirl, he began his Yellow Jackets career on the junior varsity team as a freshman, moved to the varsity “B” team and then contributed to the varsity “A” team his final two years.
Magirl was a state qualifier as a junior (215 pounds). He placed fourth at districts in February, but was knocked out a regionals and finished the season 41-11 overall.
It was qualifying for individual state that piqued the interest of Magirl wrestling in college.
“Last year when I qualified for state I started to get a few letters,” Magirl said. “I got a little more interested in wrestling in college. I visited Olivet myself to start and got things going.”
Magirl made a few visits to Olivet and liked the school, especially their academic programs (pre-med) and success. Olivet was Division 3 Academic National Champion for the 2012-2013 season.
“I knew I wanted to wrestle and I liked the feel of the small school,” Magirl said. “Everyone on the team was easy to get along with and the coach was really cool.”
“Carter came to us early and was really interested in the school,” Olivet coach Brandon Brissette said. “He already had a strong interest in our academic programs and in talking with him and going through his career and accomplishments we got really interested.
“He is 6-2 or 6-3 and has a chance to be a heavyweight or 197, depending on what he wants to do. Usually guys his size want to play football and we are very excited about his upside,” he added.
Carter’s interest in Olivet in turn paid off for Schmidt.
Schmidt, who was being recruited by a few colleges, got a recommendation from his teammate. That set the wheels in motion for Brissette to see what Schmidt could do.
“We only recruit through someone contacting us, personal watching a kid or through a coach or friend of a program recommending someone,” Brissette said. “Carter said personality-wise and work ethic-wise we need to look at Mike.”
Schmidt was a three-time state qualifier and finished fifth in Division 2 this year at 112 pounds. Schmidt also won districts and regionals as a senior and finished with a record of 53-5.
“I saw a lot of potential in watching Mike wrestle at Battle Creek and individual team state,” Brissette said. “With Mike, he is a 112 pounder, which means I have a lot of trouble finding kids that want to stay at 125 for more than a season. Mike is the kind of kid we can build up and he is still going to be 125.”
Once he took a visit to the school, Schmidt wanted to attend Olivet.
“I went for an overnight visit with Carter and just had a lot of fun. We liked the guys, the business major I want to go in is really nice,” Schmidt said. “Wrestling in college has been my goal since I started high school. I think it’s nice to be able to go with a fellow teammate and continue to wrestle.”
Schmidt started his high school career on the varsity “B” team as a freshman before moving to the “A” team as a senior. He finished his career with 173 wins.
“My biggest improvement was probably confidence in my shot,” Schmidt said. “If you can’t take anybody down then you’re just not in good shape.”
Both Magirl and Schmidt play to spend all summer preparing for college.
“I’m going to start getting in shape with running and lifting,” Schmidt said. “I’m going to have to get bigger. I wrestled 112 in high school and will have to bump up to 125 next year. I will have to lift a lot.”
“This summer my plan is to go to a few clinics and wrestle a few tournaments,” Magirl said. “I need to get my weight down because I will wrestle 197 in college.”
Olivet spent time in the top 10 on the Division 3 rankings this past year. The college wrestling season begins in November.