It was discovered later by an intrepid student reporter, Sam Louwagie, who has yet to explain why he was digging around in the trash.
This is the 2nd place 125 pound Big Ten trophy. We found it in the garbage. twitter.com/SamLouwagie/st…— Sam Louwagie (@SamLouwagie) March 10, 2013
"It was McDonough’s third loss this season, the most he has ever had," Louwagie wrote in his story for The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa's student newspaper.
"McDonough, who declined to speak after his match, made perhaps a bigger statement by tossing his second place medal in the trash."
Louwagie attributed "McD's" anger to the Iowa program's unwillingness to accept anything less than the best.
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.— Sam Louwagie (@SamLouwagie) March 11, 2013
The Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling program is famously successful, having won 23 national championships since 1975.