In the spirit of friendly competition, Cheyenne Mountain field hockey coach Megan Psyllos joked that “they saved the best for last” as she introduced one of the 11 students who signed letters of intent Wednesday for National Signing Day.
Students in the room chuckled as little did Psyllos know, wrestler Michael McFadden had yet to be introduced.
McFadden, who became the high school’s first wrestling state champion in 11 years and the first four-time state medalist in school history, signed with the University of Oklahoma at the ceremony. He was one of three athletes who signed to Division I programs, alongside August Johnson who is headed to the Air Force Academy to play lacrosse, and Thomas Chaston who signed to Colorado State as a track athlete.
“I’m just so happy I’m here, I can’t thank my parents enough, they provided so much opportunity for me,” McFadden said.
As a young wrestler, McFadden developed a love for Oklahoma as an attendee of their wrestling camps. Now he’ll return as a Sooner and an instructor. He hopes to impart some of the work ethic that was instilled in him at the camps.
“(They taught me about the) tenacity and the pure grittiness of the sport," he said. "They don’t joke around at those schools, and you get a real big taste of that at those camps. I’m just ready to portray that among all the little kids that I get to encounter along the way.”
In addition to the three Division I signees, Walker Rudolph signed to Colorado Mesa University for cross country. Volleyball players Kinley Coe (Northeastern Junior College) and Cayla Owen (Northwest Nazarene University) signed to their respective schools. Abby Timmins who plays field hockey for Cheyenne Mountain but attends Palmer signed to Kenyon College. Football players Khanr Fleischhacker and Samuel Schofield both signed to Fort Lewis College, and AJ Carpenter (UCCS) and Kurtis Dunaway (York College) signed to play baseball at their respective colleges.