UTC Wrestling BIO
 Michael Keefe

2005-06: Earned wildcard entry to NCAA Championships ... Went 1-2 at the NCAAs at 141 pounds with an opening win over Penn State’s Dewitt Driscoll ... Placed third at SoCon Championships ... As third seed, defeated VMI’s David Metzler by major decision ... Pinned Davidson’s Jim Avola ... Beat Metzler again, 8-3 ... Ranked second on squad in overall victories and was 36-13 overall ... Team leader in dual wins at 20-5 and in major decisions with 14 ... Beat Duke’s Philip Wightman, 13-5 ... Edged Vincent Ramirez of North Carolina, 5-4 ... Scored a 17-6 tech fall over Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox ... Defeated Minnesota’s Manuel Rivera, 10-5 ... Outpointed Drexel’s Billy Martin, 24-10 ... Beat Eric Kruger of Central Michigan, 5-3 ... Placed sixth at Cliff Keen Invitational, going 5-2 with decisions over Fresno State’s Garrett Spooner, Stanford’s Tyler Parker, Purdue’s Jason Cook and Pittsburgh’s Ronald Tarquinio ... Notched a major decision over Antwone Floyd of Duke ... Took third place at Reno Tournament of Champions ... Went 5-1 with two pins and two majors ... Was 2-2 at Southern Scuffle ... Registered an 8-2 victory over Wisconsin’s Ed Gutnik ... Outscored Army’s Lief Gilsdorf 12-4 and Navy’s Spencer Manley, 9-5 ... Used a 15-4 major to defeat Dean Kinports of Columbia ... Pulled a 13-4 major over Indiana’s Nick Spatola ... Defeated Martin of Drexel, 19-6 ... Recorded a 14-4 major over Michael Arias of The Citadel ... Won by tech fall over Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox ... Edged VMI’s Metzler 11-8 and Davidson’s Avola 19-8 in the regular season.

2004-05: Earned All-America status at 141 pounds with fifth-place finish at NCAA Championships ... Southern Conference Champion ... Decisioned Jason Jones of Appalachian State 13-8 in SoCon semis ... Won SoCon and NCAA automatic bid with 15-8 victory over UNCG’s David Johnson ... NCAA All-America run included 13-5 win over Minnesota’s Tommy Owen, an 8-6 victory over Nebraska’s Matt Murray and a 6-5 win over Josh Churella of Michigan ... Team leader in victories with 35 and in dual wins with 22 ... Was 35-7 overall, 22-2 in dual matches, 13-5 in tournaments and 5-0 in SoCon matches ... Registered six pins ... Three league wins were by major decision and one was by fall ... Ranked No. 19 in November, No. 17 in January, No. 10 in February ... Placed sixth at Missouri Open after going 4-3 ... Won by 23-7 tech fall over Virginia Tech’s Donny Ooton ... Defeated Army’s Patrick Simpson and Wisconsin’s Tyler Laudon ... Beat Casio Pero of No. 2-ranked Illinois, 8-6 and Josh Wagner of No. 13 Missouri, 7-3 ... Scored a 14-9 decision over Northern Iowa’s C.J. Ettelson ... Decisioned Kent State’s Jason McGee, 14-7 ... Registered wins against Indiana and Cal State-Bakersfield ... SoCon major decisions came against The Citadel’s Nolan Roggenkamp (13-5), Appalachian State’s Jason Jones (12-5) and David Johnson of UNCG (17-7) ... Defeated Davidson’s Matt Leonard, 15-12 ... Pinned VMI’s Jay Carter.

2003-04: Placed second at the Southern Conference Championships at 141 pounds ... Earned wildcard entry to NCAA Championships before going 0-2 ... Team leader with 30 victories and 30-11 record ... Was 14-3 in dual matches, 16-8 in tournaments and 5-0 in SoCon duals ... All-Southern Conference ... Went 2-1 at West Virginia Open and 5-2 at Central Missouri Open ... Placed third at Missouri Open with 6-1 mark ... Edged Donny Ooton of Virginia Tech 4-3 ... Scored a 7-4 win over Illinois’ Michael Martin ... Posted a 2-2 record at the Midlands ... Won by major decision over Theo Dotson of Ohio State 23-11 ... Registered 14-4 major over J.P. Reese of Missouri ... Defeated Appalachian State’s Scott Ervin 12-7 ... Earned 21-5 tech fall over Davidson’s Matt Leonard ... Notched a 17-8 major over Dan Shvartsman of Duke ... Pinned UNCG’s Tripp Rogers ... Outpointed VMI’s David Metzler 12-9 ... Won by 19-7 major over Levi Duyn of The Citadel ... Pinned Cumberland College’s Charles Bailey ... Earned national ranking as high as No. 16 ... In SoCon Tournament, lost 4-2 to ASU’s Scott Ervin and 12-8 to UNCG’s Kevin Artis ... Dropped a 17-8 match to Dylan Long of Northern Iowa in first round of the NCAAs ... Was eliminated by Josh Ruff of SUNY Binghampton.

2002-03: Redshirted ... Notched 3-2 record wrestling unattached at 141 ... Placed fourth at Sharpie-Carolina Open ... Defeated Matt Leonard of Davidson 11-4 ... Earned 20-9 major over GWU’s Justin Lansley ... Outpointed Duke’s Dan Shvartsman 8-5.

Georgia State Champion in 2001 and 2002 ... Placed second at state as sophomore ... Tigers went 54-2 in his career ... Coached at Ringgold by Billy Broom.

Michael James Keefe ... Born July 17, 1983 in Valdosta, Ga. ... Son of Bill and Rose Keefe ... Twin brother of UTC wrestler Josh.

Weight: 141
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ringgold, GA
High School: Ringgold HS
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