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Honors & Awards

  • Seventh-place 2022 NCAA Championships (March 19)
  • Second-place 2022 Big Ten Championships (March 6)
  • Five-Time NCAA Qualifier (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2021-22)
  • Nebraska Redshirt of the Year (2016-17)
  • Four-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020; Spring 2020, 2021)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
  • Most Outstanding Wrestler (2020)
  • NWCA First-Team All-America (2020)
  • NWCA Scholar All-American (2020, 2022)

2021-22 (Senior)

NCAA Championships – 7th (4-2) – 197 pounds

  • Champ. Round 1 - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 20-4 won by major decision over Cole Urbas (Pennsylvania) 24-11 (MD 15-6)
  • Champ. Round 2 - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 20-4 won by decision over Greg Bulsak (Rutgers) 26-9 (Dec 4-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Jacob Warner (Iowa) 21-6 won by decision over Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 20-4 (Dec 2-0)
  • Cons. Round 4 - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 20-4 won by decision over Jay Aiello (Virginia) 16-5 (Dec 4-2)
  • Cons. Round 5 - Rocky Elam (Missouri) 24-7 won by decision over Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 20-4 (Dec 3-2)
  • 7th Place Match - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 20-4 won by decision over Greg Bulsak (Rutgers) 26-9 (Dec 3-2)

Big Ten Championships – 2nd (2-1) – 197 pounds

  • Champ. Round 1 - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 12-1 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 12-1 won by decision over Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State) 10-10 (Dec 3-1)
  • Semifinal - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 12-1 won by decision over Patrick Brucki (Michigan) 17-5 (Dec 3-2)
  • 1st Place Match - Max Dean (Penn State) 18-1 won by decision over Eric Schultz (Nebraska) 12-1 (Dec 4-2)

Regular Season - 197 pounds

  • 20-4 overall (10-0 dual record)
  • Bonus points: Two pins, one technical fall, one major decision 
  • Finished second at the Cliff Keen Invitational (Dec. 4)

2020-21 (Senior)

NCAA Championships – DNP (2-2) – 197 pounds

  • First Round: #31 Owen Pentz (NDSU) pinned #2 Eric Schultz (NEB), 4:51
  • Cons. First Round: #2 Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. #18 Jacob Koser (NAVY), 4-2
  • Cons. Second Round: #2 Eric Schultz (NEB) major dec. #16 Jake Jakobsen (LEH), 10-2
  • Cons. Third Round: #7 Rocky Elam (MIZZ) major dec. #2 Eric Schultz (NEB), 12-3

Big Ten Championships – 2nd (2-1) – 197 pounds

  • First Round:  BYE
  • Quarterfinals: Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. No. 9 Gavin Hoffman (OSU), 2-0
  • Semifinals: Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. No. 4 Cam Caffey (MSU), 2-1
  • Finals: No. 2 Myles Amine (MICH) dec. Eric Schultz (NEB), 7-3

Regular Season - 197 pounds

  • 8-0 overall (8-0 dual record)
  • Bonus points: Two major decisions, one technical fall
  • Tied for team-high dual points with 31 on the season
  • Defeated Garret Joles (Minnesota) by major decision, 14-3, on Jan. 8 to continue his regular-season win streak into 2021.
  • His regular season dual win streak improved to 12 matches after finishing the 2020-21 season undefeated.  

2019-20 (Junior)

Big Ten Championships – 2nd (2-1) – 197 pounds

  • First Round: BYE
  • Quarterfinals: Eric Schultz (NEB) pinned #10 Hunter Ritter (MINN) (2:52) 
  • Semifinals: Eric Schultz dec. #6 Shakur Rasheed (PSU), 4-3
  • Championship: #1 Kollin Moore (OSU) dec. Eric Schultz (NEB), 4-1

Regular Season – 197 pounds

  • 21-3 overall record (13-1 dual record)
  • Bonus Points: Two pins, five technical falls, three major decisions 
  • Took home 197A title at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic (Nov. 10)
  • Fifth-place finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational (Dec. 7) with 5-2 mark
  • 8-1 record in Big Ten duals
  • Led team in: 
    • Dual Record (13-1) 
    • Dual Points (52 -- yielded only three dual points)
    • Dual Takedowns (73 -- yielded only five dual takedowns)

2018-19 (Sophomore)

NCAA Championships – DNP (2-2) – 197 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated #24 Tanner Harvey (American) by decision, 7-4
  • Second Round: Lost to #3 Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) by decision, 7-2
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated #20 Noah Adams (West Virginia) by decision, 7-2
  • Cons. Third Round: Lost to #6 Willie Micklus (Iowa State) by decision, 3-2

Big Ten Championships – 4th (3-2) – 197 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Niko Capello (Maryland) by tech. fall, 27-11
  • Quarterfinals: Defeated #11 Christian Brunner (Purdue) by decision, 3-2
  • Semifinals: Lost to #1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) by major decision, 10-2
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated Beau Breske (Wisconsin) by decision, 3-2
  • 3rd Place: Lost to #5 Jacob Warner (Iowa) in SV-1, 7-5

Regular Season – 197 pounds

  • 21-11 overall record (10-7 dual record)
  • 6-3 record in Big Ten duals (two wins by tech. fall)
  • Bonus points: three victories by major decision, two by tech. fall and one by fall
  • 3-9 record against top 20 ranked opponents
  • Finished third at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 4)

2017-18 (Redshirt Freshman)
NCAA Championships – DNP (2-2) – 197 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to #14 Cash Wilcke (Iowa) by decision, 4-3
  • Cons. First Round: Defeated Jacob Seely (Northern Colorado) by decision, 3-2
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated #13 Jeric Kasunic (American) by decision, 3-2
  • Cons. Third Round: Lost to Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) by decision, 3-2

Big Ten Championships – 7th (3-2) – 197 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Nick May (Michigan State) by decision, 3-2
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #4 Kollin Moore (Ohio State) by decision, 10-4
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Jake Kleimola (Indiana) by major decision, 18-4
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Lost to Hunter Ritter (Wisconsin) by pin, 2:09
  • Seventh-Place Match: Defeated Zack Chakonis (Northwestern) in sudden victory-1, 3-1

Regular Season – 197 pounds

  • 20-11 record overall (10-4 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: one pin, one technical fall and two major decisions
  • Tied for second with 10 dual wins; was second on the team with 39 takedowns in dual matches
  • Defeated a ranked opponent with an 8-6 win over No. 11 Kevin Beazley of Michigan (Feb. 2)
  • Placed second at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 5)
  • DNP at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 1-2)

2016-17 (Redshirt)
Regular Season – 197 pounds

  • 27-3 record overall
  • Bonus points: four pins, four technical falls and two major decisions
  • Named Nebraska Redshirt of the Year
  • Won the Bob Smith Open title (Dec. 3)
  • Won the Hastings Cusatis Open title (Jan. 7)
  • Won the Roger Denker Open (Jan. 22)
  • Placed second at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open (Nov. 13)
  • Finished third at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 6)
  • Took third at the UNK Holiday Inn Open (Nov. 19)
  • Competed at 96 kg at the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle World Team Trials following the season

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Ill., under Coach Jon Pfeffer
  • Won the 2016 state title
  • Ranked fourth at 197 pounds by FloRankings (No. 26 in overall class ranking)
  • Won the 2015 Illinois Freestyle title (195)
  • Won the 2015 Illinois Greco-Roman title (195)
  • Won the 2015 TOA Dominate in the Dells (195)
  • All-state football team member

Personal

  • Born: Sept. 14, 1997
  • Parents: Eric and Barb Schultz
  • Sisters: Hannah, Jillian, Riley, Maddie, Ava
  • Bachelor's degree from Nebraska as a management major (May 2021)

Career Statistics

Year Overall Dual Pins TF MD NCAA Big Ten
2016-17* 27-3 0-0 4 4 2 -- --
2017-18 20-11 10-4 1 1 2 DNP (2-2) 7th (3-2)
2018-19 23-13 10-7 1 3 4 DNP (2-2) 4th (3-2)
2019-20 21-3 13-1 2 5 3 -- 2nd (2-1)
2020-21 12-3 8-0 0 1 3 DNP (2-2) 2nd (2-1)
2021-22     20-4 10-0 2 1 1 7th (4-2) 2nd (2-1)
Career 96-34 51-12 6 11 13 10-8 12-7

*Redshirt season does not count in career totals