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KENT, OHIO- Kent State head wrestling coach Jim Andrassy has hired Malik McDonald as an assistant coach.
McDonald joins the Golden Flashes after having served as a volunteer assistant at Clarion for two seasons. He was a standout wrestler for the North Carolina State Wolfpack and was the 2019 ACC tournament champion at 197-pounds. His title helped the Wolfpack win the 2019 ACC tournament. The Hope Mills, North Carolina native was a two-time NCAA qualifier and a three-year starter for NC State. He finished his career with 83 wins and two 20-win seasons. He capped his Wolfpack career with an undergraduate degree in social work in 2019. In high school, he finished in the top-3 of the state tournament twice, including a state 4A title in his senior season.
The Golden Flashes went 4-3 last season and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The squad finished eighth in the loaded MAC tournament and sent four wrestlers to the NCAA tournament.