Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee takes home prestigious individual award
Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee has received one of the most prestigious awards in the sport.
On Monday, the University of Iowa revealed that Lee has been named the recipient of the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s most dominant wrestler. Of the possible 57 first-place votes, Lee received 52.
“Winning the Hodge Trophy and being recognized by fans, past winners, and members of the media is certainly an honor,” Lee said. “The criteria behind the trophy is in line with the values of the Iowa Wrestling program, and I want to thank my teammates, coaches and fans for their endless support. I also want to congratulate the other finalists. No one got the end they wanted, but this is still a season we should all be proud of.”
— Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling (@Hawks_Wrestling) March 30, 2020
Lee was outstanding in the 125-pound wight class this past season, finishing the year with an 18-0 record and outscored opponents 234-18. According to Iowa’s website, Lee scored bonus points in 17 of 18 wins, had four first-period falls and nine technical falls and averaged 5.0 team points per match.
Lee won a B1G title, the first of his career, and was named the B1G Wrestler of the Year. He became the third Hawkeye to receive the Hodge Trophy since its inception in 1995, joining Mark Ironside (1998) and Brent Metcalf (2008).