Patrick McKee Preps for NWCA All-Star Classic

MINNEAPOLIS – Golden Gopher 125-pounder Patrick McKee will head to the Lone Star State this week for some exhibition mat time, as he receives the nod to compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, November 22.

The event returns after a four-year hiatus from the sport and showcases some of the best wrestlers that collegiate wrestling has to offer to make for one of the premier wrestling events of the season.

McKee is slated to be the first bout of the evening at 125 pounds, as he will square off against Iowa State’s Kysen Terukina in what will be the two lightweights that have squared off in their careers. McKee was originally slated to wrestle Arizona State’s Brandon Courtney in a rematch of last season’s NCAA fifth-place match, however, Courtney withdrew from the event for undisclosed reasons.

It will be the 34th time the Maroon & Gold has been represented in the All-Star Classic dating back to 1967, with Gopher grapplers tallying a 16-16-1 record. McKee’s appearance on Tuesday night will be the first time Minnesota has competed in the All-Star Classic since 2016 when Brett Pfarr used a late takedown in the third period to clinch a decision win over Princeton’s Brett Harner.

The NWCA All-Star Classic will be broadcast live on FloWrestling at 7:00 p.m. CST, or fans can follow along for live updates for McKee’s match on Twitter at @GopherWrestling. Tickets for the event were not made available to the public.

Following McKee’s quick trip to Austin, he will return home to join the rest of the Gopher squad as they prepare for a road contest with South Dakota State on Sunday, November 27 at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Gophers at the NWCA All-Star Classic
1967 – 115 lbs: Glenn McMinn (ASU) dec. Jim Anderson (MINN), 3-2
1976 – 118 lbs: Mike McArthur (MINN) maj. Dec. Shawn Garel (OU), 17-8
1976 – 190 lbs: Evan Johnson (MINN) maj. dec. Mike Bull (CSUB), 15-3
1977 – 118 lbs: Mike McArthur (MINN) tech. fall Joe Gonzales (OU), 19-4
1977 – 190 lbs: Evan Johnson (MINN) maj. dec. Howard Harris (ORST), 12-3
1979 – 158 lbs: Kelly Ward (ISU) dec. Dan Zilverberg (MINN), 11-5
1980 – 142 lbs: Jim Martinez (MINN) tied Lee Roy Smith (OKST), 7-7
1980 – 158 lbs: Dan Zilverberg (MINN) dec. Dave Musselman (ARIZ), 9-3
1982 – 142 lbs: Lenny Zalesky (IOWA) dec. Jim Martinez (MINN), 7-5
1984 – 177 lbs: Duane Goldman (IOWA) dec. Mike Foy (MINN), 10-5
1990 – 177 lbs: Marty Morgan (MINN) dec. John Kohls (BYU), 9-5
2000 – 125 lbs: Leroy Vega (MINN) dec. Steve Garland (UVA), 9-4
2000 – 184 lbs: Cael Sanderson (ISU) dec. Brandon Eggum (MINN), 6-1
2000 – 285 lbs: Brock Lesnar (MINN) dec. Bandele Adeniyi-Bada (PENN), 5-4
2004 – 285 lbs: Steve Mocco (OKST) dec. Cole Konrad (MINN), 2-1 TB1
2005 – 133 lbs: Darrel Vasquez (POLY) dec. Mack Reiter (MINN), 6-3
2005 – 165 lbs: Matt Nagel (MINN) dec. Johnny Hendricks (OKST), 6-3
2005 – 285 lbs: Cole Konrad (MINN) dec. Steve Mocco (OKST), 4-1 TB1
2006 – 149 lbs: Dustin Schlatter (MINN) dec. Matt Storniolo (OU), 3-0
2006 – 184 lbs: Jake Herbery (NW) maj. dec. Roger Kish (MINN), 10-2
2007 – 125 lbs: Paul Donahoe (NEB) dec. Jayson Ness (MINN), 5-2
2007 – 133 lbs: Lou Riggirello (HOF) dec. Mack Reiter (MINN), 6-0
2007 – 149 lbs: Dustin Schlatter (MINN) dec. Josh Churella (MICH), 3-2
2007 – 184 lbs: Jake Varner (ISU) dec. Roger Kish (MINN), 2-0
2008 – 133 lbs: James Kennedy (ILL) dec. Jayson Ness (MINN), 7-5
2009 – 125 lbs: Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. James Nicholson (ODU), 7-5
2010 – 125 lbs: Anthony Robles (ASU) tech. fall Zach Sanders (MINN), 20-2
2012 – 133 lbs: A.J. Schopp (EDIN) dec. Chris Dardanes (MINN), 2-1
2012 – 184 lbs: Robert Hamlin (LEH) dec. Kevin Steinhaus (MINN), 5-3
2013 – 197 lbs: Taylor Meeks (ORST) dec. Scott Schiller (MINN), 6-4 SV1
2013 – 285 lbs: Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Mike McMullan (NW), 2-1 TB1
2014 – 197 lbs: Scott Schiller (MINN) dec. J’Den Cox (MIZZ), 5-3 SV1
2016 – 197 lbs: Brett Pfarr (MINN) dec. Brett Harner (PRIN), 7-4
2022 – 125 lbs: Patrick McKee vs. Kysen Terukina (ISU)

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