Spencer Lee has had an impressive wrestling career in Iowa.
Despite winning three national championships during his college career, Lee’s streak came to a disappointing end on Friday. One of Lee’s biggest supporters, his mother Cathy, was visibly upset after Purdue’s Matt Ramos pulled off the stunning upset in the national semifinals.
A viral clip shows an excited Cathy removing her glasses from her face and using her hands to roll them into a ball. A couple of seconds later, she was seen tossing the glasses to the side of her.
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«Spencer Lee’s mother, Cathy, an alternate for the US Olympic Judo team, and her glasses did not survive that match,» an ESPN announcer said.
Before Cathy took out her frustrations on the glasses, she was seen holding the person sitting next to her.
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Cathy’s father and Spencer met during training in France, and they were both judo athletes, according to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.
Lee is also credited with a pair of Big Ten conference championships. After undergoing surgery during the 2021-22 season, Lee returns to action as the top-ranked seed in the 125-pound category of the NCAA Championship.
He won his first three bouts against fighters from the US Air Force Academy, the University of Michigan and Lock Haven University. Those victories allowed Lee to advance to the semifinals, where he faced Ramos.
Lee managed to clinch his third national championship while battling with a torn ACL. During an interview with ESPN after the game, Lee mentioned that he wanted to keep the injury private.
«I didn’t want to tell anyone, because excuses are for cowards,» Lee said, according to Hawk Central.
Ramos talked about the preparation he had done before Friday’s win over Lee.
«We had a game plan,» Ramos said via the Des Moines Register. «We train for this every day. Spencer is the guy to beat at 125. I’ve been working for it. It’s been in my head every day. I’ve pushed myself for it. I’m an All-American now. I’m in the national finals You have to let it fly.»
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Ramos is set to fight Princeton’s Patrick Glory in the national championship on Saturday in the 125-pound class.