ODU lightweights McGee, Cardinale announce transfer plans

Michael McGee wrestling UNI's Jay Schwarm at the 2019 NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Two weeks after Old Dominion discontinued its wrestling program, two of the program's top lightweights announced where they will be finishing their college careers.

Michael McGee announced his plans to transfer to Arizona State, while Killian Cardinale announced his plans to wrestle at West Virginia.

McGee won MAC titles in each of his first two seasons to qualify for the NCAAs at 125 pounds before redshirting this past season. He reached the round of 12 as a sophomore, finishing the season with a 31-6 record. In 2019-20, McGee compiled a perfect 11-0 record as a redshirt, claiming titles at the National Collegiate Open and the Appalachian State Open competing at 133 pounds.

Cardinale qualified for the NCAAs for the first time in his career by finishing as a runner-up at the MAC Championships at 125 pounds. However, the redshirt sophomore was unable to compete at the NCAAs after the event was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. Cardinale finished the season ranked No. 14 at 125 pounds by InterMat.

Old Dominion wrestlers are eligible to immediately transfer to another school. They also have the option of holding on to their scholarships through the end of their fourth academic year if they remain at ODU.


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