Wrestler throws medal in garbage: A wrestler with the University of Iowa threw his medal in the garbage after getting second-place.
A University of Iowa wrestler who got second-place in the Big 10 Championships threw his medal in the trash.
Matt McDonough, an Iowa senior, lost to the University of Illinois’s Jesse Delgado. Delgado was the only wrestler to beat McDonough twice, reported The Daily Iowan.
The frustration of losing apparently prompted McDonough, who competes in the 125-pound division, to throw his second-place medal in the garbage.
“Lots of response on McD’s medal last night. My take: It just shows his and the program’s mindset. Fed up with 2nd, not accepting it,” Louwagie tweeted on Tuesday.
McDonough did not speak with reporters after the loss. “Every match is a battle,” McDonough told KCRG earlier in the week before he loss. “You don’t want those close matches. You have to expect to battle for seven minutes or more, if need be.
Iowa lost all four of their title matches in the tournament and finished third place overall.
“It’s not rocket science,” head coach Tom Brands told the Iowan. “We’ve got to be tougher. We’ve got to do certain things to be tougher … It starts with finishing and urgency in those situations.”
Delgado spoke of the reasons why he won.
“I think I’m a lot faster than he is,” Delgado told KCRG. “He relies on funk and countering guys. I’m not going to let that happen.”
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