Spencer Lee of Iowa wins Amateur Wrestling News Hammer Award for winning toughest weight class at NCAAs

By Amateur Wrestling News | March 19, 2018, 10:53 a.m. (ET)
Spencer Lee of Iowa takes down Nick Suriano of Rutgers in the NCAA finals. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

This year’s Amateur Wrestling News Hammer Award recipient is Iowa freshman Spencer Lee.

The Hammer is presented to that wrestler who wins what our selection panel feels was the deepest, most competitive weight class at the NCAA tournament.

Past winners are Logan Stieber (Ohio State), Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State), and Bo Nickal (Penn State).

This year’s choice was difficult. Several weights contained multiple returning NCAA champions but the 125-pound class got the nod. What a piranha tank!

There were seven returning All Americans competing in the tournament at that weight and a pair of NCAA champs (Darian Cruz, Lehigh and Nathan Tomasello, Ohio State.) 125 lbs. was also the only weight with four wrestlers who had previously competed in an NCAA final.

Lee progressed through the bracket with two tech falls and two pins. No other champion was more dominant. Congratulations Spencer Lee.