Mitch McKee
Mitch  McKee


St. Michael, Minn.

High School:
St. Michael-Albertville HS




Lizak Becomes Two-Time All-American

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


Minnesota Wraps Up Opening Day at NCAAs

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


Gophers Prepared to Wrap Up Season at NCAAs

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


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


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


Friday Wrestlebacks

NCAA Wrestling Action


NCAA Wrestling Day One

Division One Wrestling Action


Final Day at Big Tens

Big Ten Wrestling Action


First Day at Big Tens

Conference wrestling action.


Gophers vs Wildcats

Senior Day Wrestling Action


  • 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:
Big Ten Record:
Major Decisions:
Technical Falls:

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

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

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


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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