Mitch McKee
Mitch  McKee

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
St. Michael, Minn.

High School:
St. Michael-Albertville HS

Weight:
141

Experience:
2L


03/16/2018

Lizak Becomes Two-Time All-American

Ethan Lizak’s march through wrestlebacks highlighted Minnesota’s second day at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland

03/15/2018

Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

Five Gophers will look to work their way through wrestlebacks tomorrow to earn All-America honors

03/14/2018

Gophers Prepared to Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

Minnesota wraps up its 2017-18 season looking for another strong finish at the national tournament

06/20/2017

Gophers Score Big in the Classroom

Whether measured by grade point averages, conference rankings or individual academic accolades, 2016-17 set a new academic standard for Gopher Wrestling

06/11/2017

McKee Earns Junior World Team Spot

Mitch McKee will represent the USA at 60 kg in Finland this August, while Tony Nelson earns a senior national team spot by finishing third at 125 kg

03/16/2018

Friday Wrestlebacks

NCAA Wrestling Action

03/15/2018

NCAA Wrestling Day One

Division One Wrestling Action

03/04/2018

Final Day at Big Tens

Big Ten Wrestling Action

03/03/2018

First Day at Big Tens

Conference wrestling action.

01/28/2018

Gophers vs Wildcats

Senior Day Wrestling Action

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Letterwinner ('17, '18)
  • NCAA Qualifier ('17, '18)
  • Two-time NWCA All-Academic ('17, '18)
  • Team's Freshman of the Year award winner ('17)
  • Won team's most exciting wrestler award ('18)
  • Led team in falls as a true freshman (6) and true sophomore (9)
  • Two-time U.S. junior national freestyle champion at 60 kg ('16, '17)
  • Silver Medalist at Junior World Championships (Freestyle) in 2017

2017-18 • SOPHOMORE
Overall Record: 21-8
Dual Meet Record: 10-4

Big Ten Record: 7-3

Pins: 9

Major Decisions: 3

Technical Falls: 1


NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • NWCA All-Academic • finished one match short of All-America status at NCAA Championships • placed fourth in Big Ten • Won Daktronics Open to begin season • Won silver medal at Junior World Championships during summer prior to season • Won eight straight matches during the year, including a stretch of seven straight over Big Ten opponents • led team with nine pins, with one coming at 13-seconds, which is the second fastest in Minnesota Wrestling history. 

2016-17 • FRESHMAN

Overall Record: 22-19
Dual Meet Record:
4-8
Big Ten Record:
4-5
Pins:
6
Major Decisions:
2
Technical Falls:
3

NCAA Qualifier • Letterwinner • NWCA All-Academic • finished one match short of All-America status at NCAA Championships • placed sixth in Big Ten • finished runner-up at Daktronics Open to begin collegiate career • opened college career with four straight bonus point wins (two falls, two tech falls) • won 133-pound title at Journeymen Collegiate Classic • finished fourth at Cliff Keen Invitational • finished sixth at Southern Scuffle • earned first career ranked win over No. 16 Anthony Tutolo (Kent State) at Cliff Keen Invitational • six falls on season led team • wrestled a team-high 22 matches against ranked opponents as a true freshman

HIGH SCHOOL
Six-time wrestling letterwinner • three-time state champion • six-time Fargo national champion (four-time Greco champ; two-time freestyle champ) • three-time folkstyle national champion • three-time Minnesota Christmas Tournament champion • four-time academic letterwinner • two-time choir letterwinner • National Honor Society member • Coached by Dan Lefebvre

PERSONAL
Son of Steve and Nina McKee • Has one sibling, Patrick, who is also competing at the U of M starting in 2018 • Most memorable sports thrill was winning The Clash national team title his freshman season • Away from the mat and classes, he has performed in choir and band since fifth grade • Plans to be an engineering major

Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2016-17 22-19 4-8 4-5 6 2 3 6th Rnd of 12
2017-18 21-8 10-4 7-3 9 3 1 4th Rnd of 12
Totals 43-27 14-12 11-8 15 5 4 4th Rnd of 12

MORE HEADLINES

Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

Steveson Awarded Junior Hodge Trophy

5/24/2018 - Wrestling

Incoming freshman, and No. 1 recruit, Gable Steveson has been named the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner by WIN magazine.

Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

Wrestling Adds All-American Sean Russell

5/23/2018 - Wrestling

University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum has announced the addition of 125-pound, 2017 All-American, Sean Russell to the Golden Gophers.

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

Zillmer, Nelson Compete in World Team Trial Finals

5/20/2018 - Wrestling

There were two Minnesota wrestlers who battled in the best-of-three finals at the World Team Trials with Hayden Zillmer earning a Final X birth at 92-kilograms.

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