Iowa’s well-regarded NCAA Division I wrestler Spencer Lee was recently disqualified from the national championship after losing in the semi-finals. However, it seems his mother was more upset than he was…
During his college career, the college wrestler obtained three national championship wins. In fact, he was even the top-ranked seed in the 125-pound category of the NCAA Championships. With this being said, many were disappointed to see Purdue’s Matt Ramos pulling off the shocking upset in this year’s semifinal round.
But, the person who was most upset over this surprising defeat was Cathy, mother to Spencer Lee and an alternate for the U.S. Olympic judo team.
Upon finding out that her 24-year-old son was disqualified from the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championship, she removed the glasses from her face and absolutely destroyed them.
“Spencer Lee’s mom Cathy, an alternate for the U.S. Olympic judo team, and her glasses did not survive that match,” one ESPN broadcaster said while the event was occurring. “And that’s unfortunate to see, but this is what happens here…There’s so much at stake here. The parents are just as engaged. And that’s a tough moment for the Lee family.”
Even after his defeat, Lee admitted that his mother was the one who was hurt the most by the loss. “What she said to me, she wanted to hit something, but she didn’t know what to do. She had her reader glasses on. They weren’t prescription or anything. They were like $5 readers, and she broke them because she needed to get [her] anger out,” the Barstool wrestler explained, per Hawk Central.
“I could see the emotion in her eyes. She hurt more than anyone. She knew how much I was going to hurt, so she felt that pain.”
Purdue’s Matt Ramos discusses beating three-time champion Spencer Lee.
While the defeat came as a moment of disappointment for the Iowa wrestler, his opponent revealed his preparation tactics following his qualification for the national championship.
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“We had a gameplan,” Ramos told the Des Moines Register after his big win. “We train for this every day. Spencer is the guy to beat at 125. I’ve been working for that. He’s been in my head every single day. I’ve just been striving for it. I’m an All-American now. I’m in the national finals. You have to let it fly.”
Lee also ensured Ramos received the credit he deserved. In an interview, he paid tribute to the Purdue athlete and expressed the sentiments, “I got beat. I hate when people try to make excuses for me when I got outwrestled and beat…The kid deserves praise for making the NCAA finals. People are too busy finding ways to shove down people and not give him credit.”
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