After a redshirt season at 174 pounds that got better as it went along, Holschlag began last season at 184 before moving up to 197 in mid-January. The man from La Porte City, Iowa, entered the postseason ranked 16th in the country, lost to #12 Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois) in the opening round of the MAC tournament, but made a crucial run through the consolations, surviving Nate Rose (Buffalo) in tie-breakers, avenging an earlier loss to Stephen Suglio (Kent State) to secure a trip to nationals, and then taking down Scott in a rematch to finish third. Holschlag’s draw at nationals was brutal as he fell to the eight and nine seed in back-to-back matches. After finishing eighth at University Nationals this off-season, he’ll return next season looking to push for the podium in Cleveland.
What was the most interesting class you took this year?
Genetics. I really loved the professor.
What are you working on in the offseason?
The first thing is to get bigger, and then a good leg attack.
What was your favorite match this season?
My favorite dual was the Missouri dual, even though I got beat up (by J’den Cox). My favorite match for me was probably when I beat the Kent State wrestler at the MAC Championships (Stephen Suglio, 8-4). That was pretty exciting.
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
They need to do something about the out of bounds rule. It’s still too vague. Different people judge it different ways.
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
I like football. Football was always fun.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
I could eat it all, all season, but I really love Mexican food.