|Height / Weight:|
5-9 / 184
As a Junior (2010-11)
NCAA automatic qualifier ... Went 1-2 at NCAAs ... Concluded the year with a 25-13 overall record ... Went 9-5 in dual action ... Started the season claiming the Oklahoma City Open title after defeating OSU's then-No. 5 ranked Chris Perry by major decision, 11-3 ... Earned third place at the 2010 Brockport Open ... Finished third at the 2011 Big 12 Championships ... Tied for fourth on the team with four victories by major decision.
As a Sophomore (2009-10)
Finished the season with a 16-19 overall record ... Went 6-10 in dual action and 10-9 in tournaments ... Placed second at the Oklahoma City Invitational ... Also competed in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic and the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ... Upset Jerome Ward of Iowa State at the conference championship to earn a bid to the 2010 NCAA Championships ... Went 0-2 at the national tournament.
As a Freshman (2008-09)
Redshirted...Tallied a 13-7 record competing unattached at open tournament at 184 pounds...Went 4-1 at the Roger Denker Open to place third...Record of 3-2 at Oklahoma Open to place fourth...Earned sixth place at the Central Missouri Open...Also competed at the Lindenwood Open...Recorded two falls, two major decisions and a technical fall on the season.
High School: Compiled a 136-6 overall record at Aberdeen High School ... Was a three-time state champion ... All-American recognition and placed fourth at Fargo Nationals in 2007 ... Beast of the East Champion in 2007 ... Tri-state champion in 2007 ... Lettered all four years.
Personal: Born Sept. 15, 1989 ... Full name is Erich Neill Schmidtke ... Planned major is health and exercise science ... Son of Lynne and Gerhard Schmidtke ... Also played football and soccer for Aberdeen ... Was an all-state linebacker ... Steak and potatoes are his favorite food ... Wakeboarding is his favorite hobby and "Ekki" is his nickname ... Reasons to wrestle at Oklahoma include the great reputation of both athletics and academics.
Coach Spates on Schmidtke:
"Erich Schmidtke is an extremely talented athlete, as well as a wrestler. He was a four-sport athlete in high school while garnering three state wrestling championships and winning the most prestigious wrestling tournament in the land, The Beast of the East. He is a brilliant student as well, as he graduated high school with his associate's degree. He can be a great one."