Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Christian Monserrat
School: West Virginia
Class (for 2017-18): Junior
After a high school career during which he was a four-time New England Championships finalist, winning it twice, Monserrat spent his first two years in Morgantown wrestling open tournaments. He began his career as a 133, moved up to 141, then finally found a home in the line-up last season at 149 pounds. Monserrat’s campaign suggests a wrestler just on the cusp of breaking through. He went 15-12, largely beating those he should and struggling against better wrestlers. Christian did break through for one big win as he describes below, but came up short in his first Big 12 tournament, finishing 2-2. Returning to a roster with just two seniors on it, Monserrat will be expected to lead as West Virginia looks to climb the standings of the ever-expanding Big 12.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
I would give it about a seven. I think I improved a lot, but I’m not at the skill level that I should be at. I think I need to work on a couple more things to get better before next season comes around.
What are you working on this off-season?
I’m working on getting bigger and stronger. That was my biggest deficit in my losses this year. I’m working on just getting my leg back and getting faster.
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
Neither. I need to start focusing on folkstyle more.
What was your favorite match this season?
My favorite match was probably away at CSU Bakersfield. I avenged a loss from earlier in the season and ending up pinning him (Coleman Hammond). He was actually an NCAA qualifier at the end of the season, so I thought that was a big win.
If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Probably Cael Sanderson, just because he went undefeated in college. I would want to see if I could catch him, but he would have to be my weight.
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
Adding points for every minute of riding time. Two minutes of riding time should mean two points.
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
I would love to play football because that’s my favorite sport. If I was bigger, I definitely would have played.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
Chicken wings. That’s my favorite.
What is your major and what would you like to do with it when you graduate?
My major is sports management and I’m minoring in business administration. I would like to be a coach and an athletic director at a high school back home.