Pursuit to Play: McPhee breaks record, battles injury to end season on own terms | www.WDIO.com

Pursuit to Play: McPhee breaks record, battles injury to end season on own terms

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: February 09, 2021 10:58 PM
Created: February 08, 2021 09:26 PM

Proctor senior Alex McPhee first started hitting the wrestling mats in second grade. After joining the Proctor-Hermantown varsity squad, coached by his dad Eric McPhee, he pinned down his love for the sport.

"I like the individuality of the sport," Alex said. "There is a team aspect to it but it all comes down to you versus that other person on the mat. No excuses, it's all on you."

This season he wrestled his way to a major milestone. Winning a match against Virginia he tallied his 125th career victory, which set a team record. McPhee was eyeing the 150 mark before suffering a lower body injury which forced him to step away from competing. 

"It's unfortunate to be out injured, obviously, but [I'm] just doing what I can with what I have right now and working to get back to competing by the end of the year."

There's under two months left in their season so McPhee's been conditioning any way he can, primarily focusing on upper body lifting and biking.

"It's just a great example for the other guys," said Coach McPhee. "He been out since, whenever that was a couple of weeks ago, and hasn't missed a practice since. He's just coming in and putting in the work that he can do."

Alex added, "I can't do much right now but hopefully by the end of the year I can make it back and wrestle."

He hopes to stay warmed up enough to take a shot at making the state tournament at the end of March.

Then next year the two time All Conference honoree will bring his skills to the next level. He's signed committed to wrestle for Concordia College, Moorhead, after what he hopes is a full recovery from his injury.

"He's succeeded at pretty much everything he's tried so I don't see this holding him back either," said Coach McPhee.


Alicia Tipcke

Copyright 2021 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

As supply chain issues persist, Northland food banks persevere

Veterans honored and remembered at the Duluth Depot

Best Christmas Ever revealed to family in need

Minnesota Guard members deploy to first three care facilities

Donations needed for CHUM Warming Center

Mayo experts: Vaccines, antibodies likely to be somewhat effective against Omicron