Four Gophers Named NWCA All-Americans

Four Gopher wrestlers were named All-Americans this weekend by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). The list includes 149-pound Brayton Lee, 174-pound Devin Skatzka, and heavyweight Gable Steveson on the First Team while 141-pound Mitch McKee is on the Second Team.

“During difficult times there are always people who rise to the occasion,” NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It’s important that these athletes’ efforts and successes during the season are recognized. Congratulations to each of this year’s honorees and National Qualifiers.” ​​​

McKee, Skatzka, and Steveson were all 2019 All-Americans. So, McKee and Skatzka finish their careers as two-time All-Americans while Steveson still maintains his pursuit to become the Gophers’ 11th four-time All-American in program history.

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Gopher’s Seniors Close Out Careers Unceremoniously

With the 2019-20 season now suddenly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look back at our seven seniors who have closed out their careers in Maroon and Gold.

With over 300 combined victories, 150 bonus point victories, and 13 NCAA Tournament qualifications, this senior class has left an indelible mark in program history.

Now, we take a look at each individual Gophers senior and the accomplishments they racked up in Dinkytown. Plus, their thoughts on what wearing the Maroon and Gold singlet so special.

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The Guillotine – Oct 25 2019

The October 25, 2019 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: College Previews: University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University, Augustana University, Augsburg University, Concordia College, St. John’s University, St. Olaf College, Itasca Community College, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Northland Community & Technical College, Ridgewater College, Rochester Community & Technical College, and Augsburg University Women; and The stage is set for McKee to finish college career in style.

More content in this issue: Lace ‘Em Up, MWCA Report, Performance Nutrition - Whole Grain a Must, Ask The Doc, Open Tournament Calendar, Officially Speaking, Camps-Clinics-Training.

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Stage will be set for McKee to finish college career in style

Mitch McKee can see it from his house.

The bright purple lights that glow at night from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

It’s the place where his beloved Minnesota Vikings play.

And the place where he hopes to cap his collegiate career with an NCAA wrestling championship.

“Having the 2020 NCAA tournament there is going to be amazing,” McKee said. “I will have a lot of family and friends there, and it’s going to be incredible having nationals in that stadium. It’s going to be awesome to finish my career there.” Continue reading at

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

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.

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