Iowa wrestler unimpressed with second place, throws Big Ten medal in garbage

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  March 12, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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University of Iowa senior Matt McDonough, a three-time All-American wrestler, was so angry about his second-place finish at a last weekend's Big Ten tournament that he tossed his medal in the garbage.

It was discovered later by an intrepid student reporter, Sam Louwagie, who has yet to explain why he was digging around in the trash.

"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.

The Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling program is famously successful, having won 23 national championships since 1975.


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