Mitch McKee is back and better than ever after his third torn meniscus

McKee was sidelined in November due to a torn meniscus in his left leg. Four weeks after having surgery, he was back on the mat.

Wrestling is brutal on the body; it’s common for wrestlers to participate while dealing with aches and pains. Junior Mitch McKee has taken this to the extreme, fighting back from severe injury to quickly get back into the Minnesota lineup.

This isn’t new for McKee. He has had his fair share of injuries in his three years wrestling for the Gophers. The St. Michael, Minnesota native has torn his meniscus three times since joining the wrestling team: twice on his right knee and most recently on his left.

His latest meniscus injury occurred shortly before winter break, but McKee said he did not know it was torn at first. Continue reading at www.mndaily.com

Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Recapping Oklahoma State with Brandon Eggum, Gable Steveson, Mitch McKee and OSU’s Daton Fix

We’ll recap Oklahoma State’s 23-9 win over Minnesota on Episode 50 of The Guillotine Grapevine. Among guests on this episode are Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix, Gopher head coach Brandon Eggum and Gopher wrestlers Gable Steveson and Mitch McKee.

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Mitch McKee looks for revenge with U23 Team USA

Gophers Sophomore Mitch McKee is looking to make the most of his spot on the U23 Team USA roster.

MINNEAPOLIS – In this dungeon of a gym, where he spends his time perfecting these moves, Gophers Sophomore Mitch McKee is done wrestling with demons of his past.

“I think in the tough times is when you remember he’s not there the most,” says Gopher wrestler Mitch McKee.

He speaks of his father, Steve, who passed away in 2014. View/continue reading at www.kare11.com

USA wraps up first day of men’s freestyle at U23 Worlds in Poland

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – The U.S. U23 Men’s Freestyle World Team wrapped up its first day of competition at the U23 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday.

Team USA was unable to qualify a wrestler for the medal matches, going 0-4 on the day.

“Overall, I think Daton (Fix) and Mitch (McKee) wrestled good but not great,” Manager of U.S. Freestyle Programs Joe Russell said. “At the World Championships, you have to wrestle great. Head position and putting up a couple of shots were the problems for us today. We can’t rely on guys to pull us back in. I don’t think Sammy (Brooks) and Michael (Kroells) gave themselves a chance today. You have to be stingy with these international guys.” Continue reading at www.teamusa.org