Michael Wilson, as a sophomore at North Garland High School in 1973, won the all-around gymnastic title at the Texas High School Gymnastics Championships, and in 1974 as a junior, he repeated as the State all-around champion and also won four individual events. In August of 1974, Mike topped his high school accomplishments by winning the AAU National Junior Olympics all-around championship at Lincoln, Nebraska, placing first in floor exercise, vault, and horizontal bar and second in parallel bars, side horse, and rings. He later added his third State all-around title in the spring of 1975. Mike, during his varsity years at the University of Oklahoma won All-American recognition five times. In 1979, he was named All-America in both the floor exercise, in which he won the NCAA championship, and the all-around competition, in which he finished fourth in the NCAA meet. In 1978 he was named All-America in all-around competition, in which he placed third in the NCAA meet, and in 1977 he was named All-America in both the parallel bars, in which he finished third in the NCAA meet, and the all-around competition, in which he finished fourth. Mike also won the Big Eight Conference championship in the floor exercise in 1978, and in 1976 he won the conference title in the parallel bars event. He helped lead Oklahoma to a NCAA team championship tie with Indiana State in 1977 and to sole possession of the NCAA team championship in 1978. In 1980, following the Olympic Trials, Mike was named the alternate all-around gymnast on the USA Olympic Team; however, none of the American gymnasts had an opportunity to compete at the Moscow Olympics because of the boycott edicted by President Jimmy Carter.