CLEVELAND, Ohio – Old Dominion wrestling’s 125-pound Michael McGee was named 2018 MAC Freshman of the year as announced by the organization on Wednesday morning. The Illinois native won the 2018 MAC Championship and was the only true freshman in any weight class to win the MAC Championship since Missouri’s J’Den Cox did in 2014.
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McGee won the 2018 125-pound MAC Championship in early March. The freshman lost just one MAC dual this season, coming to Brock Hudkins, who he met in the MAC finals, defeating him in overtime, 3-1. After earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, McGee took the fifth seed into overtime in the first round of the tournament as an unseeded wrestler. The freshman fell in the second consolation round to miss out on reaching the podium.
McGee was also one of 16 true freshmen that qualified for the NCAA Championships.
"Michael McGee winning this award is a testament to his work ethic, drive and determination to be the best. He is a team leader that leads by example," explained head coach Steve Martin. "He got a lot of workouts in on his own this year when nobody was watching, which gave him the confidence to win a MAC title as a true freshman. What makes this also special is that this is the first time one our guys has won the MAC Freshman of the year. He told me when he walked off the mat at NCAAs that he was determined to chase down some NCAA titles."
McGee finished his freshman campaign with a 29-10 record. Throughout the regular season, McGee appeared in the national rankings several times, ranking as high as #20. In the regular season, McGee had just eight losses, four of those losses coming to nationally ranked opponents.
The last time a Monarch has earned Freshman of the Year accolades came in 2013 by Chris Mecate as a member of the CAA Conference.
A link is attached for a complete release on MAC Postseason Awards.