Gibby McSpadden earned four letters as a member of the wrestling team and also garnered one letter with the track & field squad as a senior.
McSpadden made an immediate impact with the Generals’ wrestling program, having been named the team’s outstanding freshman wrestler following the 1953 campaign. That season, he finished second in the 157-pound weight class at the Southern Conference Championship.
As a sophomore in 1954, McSpadden was tabbed the Southern Conference’s outstanding wrestler after going undefeated and winning the 157-pound title at the Southern Conference Championship.
McSpadden’s junior season resulted in another undefeated season and his second Southern Conference title, this time at 167 pounds.
As a senior in 1956, McSpadden served as the team captain and was named the team’s most outstanding wrestler following a first-place finish at 177 pounds at the Southern Conference Championship event.
McSpadden, who finished his collegiate wrestling career with a 40-3 overall record, received the 1955-56 Washington and Lee Outstanding Athlete Award.