STMA’s elder McKee a good leader on, off wrestling mat

Mitchell McKee has taken on a larger role in his brother’s development since their father passed away in December.

For a few short moments Friday, both of St. Michael-Albertville’s McKee brothers, Mitchell, a junior 126-pounder, and Patrick, an eighth-grade 106-pounder, were wrestling in the Class 3A quarterfinals simultaneously on adjacent mats at Xcel Energy Center. After Mitchell had defeated Lakeville North’s Wade Sullivan 13-1 in a battle of defending champs (McKee at 120, Sullivan at 113), he was told his brother had wrestled next to him.

“How’d he do?” McKee asked, forgetting for a moment his own match. When told Patrick had lost to Eagan’s Sodan Ka 5-3, his face dropped. “Aw, he had a tough kid.” Continue reading at

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