MALCOLM ‘MICKEY’ MacDONALD, Navy ’46, learned to wrestle in Oklahoma high school circles under future Hall of Fame coach, Art Griffith. Mickey was a three-time EIWA champion at 121 from 1943-45 at the Academy, but due to WW II policy was denied any opportunities to continue at NCAAs after placing second nationally for Purdue in 1942. The sole loss came against two-time champion, Merle Jennings, Michigan State. McDonald’s three EIWA finals wins were by two wins by fall and a 15-4 decision and he was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award in 1944. He was eventually labeled by later coach Ed Peery as “probably Navy’s greatest wrestler ever.”
Unbeaten at Navy, Mickey won the prestigious Thompson Trophy as a senior. He later became a two-time National AAU champion and an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 1948 Olympics. He eventually retired in Hunt, Texas.