2003-04: Was having a solid season until an injury slowed him down ... Went 14-11 overall, wrestling in pain much of the time ... Went 6-5 in dual meets and 2-1 in EWL action ... Recorded one major decision and four pins ... Earned 30 points for the team in dual meet action and 12 points in EWL dual meets ... Had consecutive pins against Lock Haven and Bloomsburg in conference action ... Placed fifth at 197 pounds at the Southern Scuffle ... Returned from the injury to take fourth place at the EWL Tournament.
2002-03: Went 4-7 overall ... Posted a 2-4 record in dual meets and 0-1 in the EWL ...Had one pin, coming at the 2:30 mark against Drew Roberts of UT-Chattanooga in a dual meet.
2001-02: Started the season as a redshirt, but came on late to fill a spot ... Posted a 12-12 overall mark in his shortened season ... Went 4-7 in dual meets and 1-4 in the EWL ... Won his weight class at the Virginia State Championships ... Placed sixth at both the Penn State Open and Eastern Wrestling League Tournament ... Also went 4-3 as an unattached wrestler, placing sixth at the UNC Open.
High School: Lettered four times at Grundy High School for Coach Travis Fiser ... A two-time state champion and a three-time finalist ... Regional champion twice and Southwest District champion three times ... Also lettered in football four times ... Earned All-Southwest Virginia honors three times and all-region once.
Personal: Michael Canaan Prater was born February 7, 1982, in Grundy, VA ... The son of Gary and Tammy Prater ... Brother, Tyde, is a sophomore on the Tech wrestling squad ...Majoring in the science of human nutrition, foods and exercise.