Iowa's Spencer Lee named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Cody Goodwin
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Spencer Lee got a big win on Sunday, and for it, he earned the Big Ten Conference's weekly wrestling honor.

Lee, Iowa's true freshman 125-pounder, was tabbed as the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday. This accolade is the first of Lee's career, and comes after he defeated Ohio State's Nathan Tomasello, 3-2, on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

Iowa's Spencer Lee shakes hands with Michigan State's Rayvon Foley after his pin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

The Franklin Regional product used a mean second-period ride to knock off Tomasello, who was then the No. 1-ranked 125-pounder in the country, according to Trackwrestling. Tomasello has since dropped to fourth while Lee has climbed to No. 3.


Lee is 9-1 overall this season and 3-0 since officially removing his redshirt. The Murrysville, Pennsylvania, native is the third Hawkeye to win this weekly honor this season, joining sophomore Michael Kemerer, who won it in November; and redshirt freshman Alex Marinelli, who won it in December.

Iowa, ranked third in the latest Trackwrestling Division I poll, hosts No. 7 Michigan on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual is set to begin at 5 p.m.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.