Spencer Lee Set To Make His Iowa Debut This Friday Night

Richard Immel Spencer Lee

The question has been on the mind of every Iowa fan since the start of this season: Will Spencer Lee wrestle this year or will he redshirt?

It seems to now be confirmed. Per Darren Miller of Hawk Talk Daily, Lee's first varsity match is slated for this Friday night against Michigan State at storied Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Make sure to watch the three-time world champion make his black-and-gold debut LIVE on Flo at 7 PM Central.

We've talked about Lee's status nonstop and thought the Hawkeyes might pull the 125-pounder's redshirt at the end of November when this happened on their "move of the week." Our own Christian Pyles even coined #FreeTheLee before we knew if Lee would wrestle as a freshman.

The buzz around Lee really ramped up Friday night at Midlands after he teched All-American Sean Russell. Admittedly, we pushed a lot of that, but it is a move that could drastically alter the team race at NCAAs. Before the Miller article was released, Iowa put out this tweet:

The speculation ran even more rampant after Lee lost in controversial fashion to Ronnie Bresser of Oregon State and then defaulted out of the tournament on Saturday afternoon. Lee was quoted by Miller in the article:

"If you can't move forward on a loss then you will be stuck behind everyone else. It's not something I expected, no one expects to lose. Now I'm moving forward and getting ready for the next match. Wrestling not to lose rather than wrestling to score points is a different mindset."

This would be the second year in a row a marquee freshman made his varsity debut at Carver-Hawkeye, as Mark Hall had his redshirt pulled when Penn State traveled to Iowa last January. Lee's opponent would be another true freshman in the Spartans' Rayvon Foley.


Tech Notes: Travis Wittlake vs Trent Hidlay

Travis Wittlake Matt Shuck.jpg

Travis Wittlake and Trent Hidlay are due to wrestle at the PWC this Sunday. The two haven’t been in the same circle together since Fargo back in 2015 where Wittlake won by tech 11-0. But before you start jumping to conclusions you should know that they wrestled Greco and that most of the techniques that Wittlake used to score do not translate to a folk style setting (front head lock roll throughs and step-outs). We haven’t seen Wittlake in a national level competition since Akron. He suffered an ankle injury at the National Duals. So we’ll see if there is any rust that needs to be knocked off. 

2018 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic: Confidence Picks

Matt Shuck sasso.jpg

You've got to be a pretty confident wrestler to be chosen to represent Team USA or Team Pennsylvania at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. We feel pretty confident too about these five things that will happen on Sunday at the Fitzgerald Field House on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

Connor Brady Commits To Virginia Tech

Matt Shuck IMG_0886.jpg 69 Consi-Semis - CARTER STAROCCI, Bad Karma vs Connor Brady, Ohio RTC

Virginia Tech picked up a commitment from one of the nation's best juniors today. Connor Brady of Olentangy Liberty high school in Ohio gave a verbal to wrestle for the Hokies in college. 

The Biggest Upsets At The 2018 NCAAs

Tony Rotundo Kyle Conel

Upsets are a common occurrence every year at NCAAs, but things got particularly crazy at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland last weekend. Relive all the shocks and awes as we run down the 10 biggest upsets from the 2018 NCAA Championships.

History-Making Career Finishes: NaTo, BoJo, & Snyder

Tony Rotundo tosu.jpg

The 2018 NCAA tournament featured a number of four-time individual qualifiers, but three teammates from Ohio State, in particular, found themselves in position for a history-making achievement this past weekend in Cleveland. 

California Coming In Hot To FloNationals

Tony Rotundo Richard Figueroa

In the past, we’ve seen some of the biggest stars from California have incredible success at FloNationals. 

Retrospective: Ohio State's 2018 NCAA Tournament

Tony Rotundo snyder.jpg

The 2018 NCAA tournament is over, and we finally have a moment to reflect on this season and take a first look ahead at next year. Today, we're examining Ohio State's performance as the best runner-up of all time.

Where Are PWC Participants Going To College?


Year after year, the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic showcases the next wave of college wrestling superstars. In fact, six of this year's ten NCAA champions were Classic alumni. Below we break down which colleges the 2018 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic participants will be attending in the fall.

Robert Kanniard Commits To Rutgers

Austin Bernard D4S_3190.jpg 160 Finals - David Key, Georgia vs Robert Kanniard, New Jersey

Rutgers will be adding a Fargo champ to their roster in the next couple years. Robert Kanniard has verbally committed to wrestle for the Scarlet Knights in college.

Tech Notes: Gavin Teasdale vs. Pat Glory

Teasdale Glory Conklin.jpg

We all may still have an NCAA hangover, but don’t take your straps down just yet: The Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic returns to Fitzgerald Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh this Sunday.