When Spencer Lee (Iowa) fell to Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) at Midlands, some wondered if the true freshman who tore his ACL last year and finished his senior high school season wrestling on it before getting it fixed in March was truly a title contender at 125. It was a fair question mostly because the lightest class is incredibly deep this season with both finalists from 2017 returning, Nick Suriano (Rutgers) who beat the eventual champion before getting injured back healthy, as well as 2015 NCAA champion and three-time All-American Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) coming back down after finishing third at 133 last March. Lee is just one of several talented freshmen that add even more depth to the class, though he is by far the most heralded.
No one should doubt him now. Facing Tomasello, who was coming off of a tech-fall win over returning NCAA finalist Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), Lee held his own in neutral through a scoreless first period. He then rode Tomasello for the entire second period, establishing a riding time advantage that would prove decisive. In the final frame, the Buckeye kicked Lee loose, then took him down. However, Spencer escaped and was able to keep Tomasello from finishing a single leg after a protracted scramble. When the buzzer sounded, Lee had his biggest college win yet, 3-2. While he continues to wear a large brace on that knee, the Hawkeye has now taken down three 2017 All-Americans in his first 10 matches at the college level. For his latest big win, Spencer Lee is TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week!