Top College Wrestler’s Mom Destroys Glasses After Son’s Semi-Final Loss
Spencer Lee had an impressive wrestling career in Iowa.
Despite winning three national championships in his college career, Lee’s run ended in disappointment on Friday. One of Lee’s biggest supporters, his mother Cathy, was visibly upset after Purdue’s Matt Ramos pulled off the upset in the national semi-final.
A viral clip shows an emotional Cathy ripping glasses off her face and using her hands to crush them into a ball. Seconds later, she was seen tossing the glasses to the side.
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“Spencer Lee’s mother, Cathy, an alternate for the US Olympic judo team, and her glasses did not survive this match,” an ESPN broadcaster 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 and Spencer’s father met at a training session in France, and both were judo athletes, according to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.
Lee is also credited with a pair of Big Ten conference championships. After undergoing surgery in the 2021-22 season, Lee returned to action as the top seeded 125-pounder in the NCAA Championships.
He won his first three matches against wrestlers from the US Air Force Academy, the University of Michigan and Lock Haven University. These victories allowed Lee to advance to the semi-finals, where he faced Ramos.
Lee managed to clinch his third national championship by battling a torn ACL. During an interview with ESPN after the match, Lee mentioned that he wanted to keep the injury private.
“I didn’t want to tell anyone, because apologies are for wusses,” Lee said, according to Hawk Central.
Ramos spoke about the preparation he put in, leading up to 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 worked for this. He’s been in my head every day. I just strived for it. I’m a All-American now. I’m in the national final. You gotta let it fly.
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Ramos is set to face Princeton’s Patrick Glory in the national championship on Saturday in the 125-pound class.