Hawkeyes Roll, Leave Strong First Impressions

By Chris Brewer, Iowa Athletic Communications

Spencer Lee with the fall over Rayvon Foley (Mich St) in 0:46

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa wrestling team scored bonus points in nine matches, including six by fall, to defeat Michigan State, 49-6, on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The talk throughout the week was the collegiate debut of true freshman Spencer Lee, and the 125-pounder from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, didn’t disappoint.

In front of 8,486 fans, Lee took the mat to Queen’s “We Will Rock You” at 7 o’clock. By 7:01 the match was over, and the Spencer Lee era was underway.

“Coaches always tell you to capitalize what’s there, and that’s what was there so I went with it,” Lee said after pinning Rayvon Foley in 46 seconds. “I’m just glad that I get to compete in front of the best fans in the world and the country, and I am super excited to be a Hawkeye. I am honored to have the right to start in the starting lineup.”

The fall sparked a run of bonus points Iowa had not seen this season. Six Hawkeyes earned falls, two more won by major decision, and a ninth won by technical fall.

Paul Glynn (133) followed Lee with a fall in 6:13. Perhaps not ready to take the mat 46 seconds after the man before him, Glynn fell behind 4-0 halfway through the first period. By the end of the second he had created an 8-4 advantage, and at the 6:13 mark, he had finished his first Big Ten win with a fall.