Hope, however, had not run out for the Muskogee (Okla.) High School senior.
McGee, who has signed a letter of intent to play football at Oklahoma, scored a takedown with 26 seconds left in the final period, then rode out Del City's Derrick Jackson to earn a 3-1 win in the Class 5A heavyweight championship match at Oklahoma's State Fair Arena.
"I'm not sure how I got it," McGee said of the takedown. "I just did it and rode it out."
For McGee, it was the the fulfillment of a dream.
"It feels good to finally win a state championship," he said. "I didn't get one in football, so I'm glad I got one in wrestling."
McGee finished fourth at state a year ago. He had a 27-1 record his senior season and was 82-7 for his career.
His Muskogee Rougher football team had advanced to the Class 6A semifinals the last three seasons.
What's next for McGee?
"I'm just going to start lifting, get my weight back up and try to get in some football shape," he said.
McGee, who committed to OU along with Muskogee teammate, wide receiver Jameel Owens, will start out at defensive end for the Sooners.
However, with his frame (6-foot-3, 270), he could eventually wind up as an extremely athletic tackle.
A four-star prospect, McGee is currently rated the No. 11 tackle prospect in the country.