Mitch McKee learning on the job as a true freshman wrestler

College wrestling is no easy feat — particularly in the Big Ten — but it’s even harder when wrestling as a true freshman.

Gophers wrestler Mitch McKee is experiencing that firsthand this year, holding down the starting spot at 133 pounds despite lacking any collegiate experience prior to the season.

“Every match is like the state finals,” McKee said. “It’s a lot different training-wise [from high school].”

McKee was a star wrestler at St. Michael-Albertville High School, where he won three Minnesota state championships. He’s used to winning, something that hasn’t come quite so easy in college. Continue reading at

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