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Matt Ramos vs Spencer Lee - 125 lb Semifinals - 2023 NCAA Championship

  • Published on Mar 16, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • In a monumental upset, Purdue's Matt Ramos defeated Iowa's Spencer Lee in the semifinals of the 2023 NCAA wrestling championships.
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  • BlackHair
    BlackHair 5 days ago +1791

    The most insane upset in wrestling history since Gable lost to Owings. We just witnessed history…

    • Diego Pons
      Diego Pons Day ago

      @Ryan He lost a few times in college. Tomassello, Piccinninni, Seabass (twice), and now Ramos. I think those were his only losses (5) in college.

    • David Gantz
      David Gantz Day ago

      @BlackHair Lee great but definitely not the greatest in ncaa history. Once Tom Brands hit soph yr, he was beast mode 3x, Iowa Chris Campell came out of NYC hood to 3x in 70's and 2x Olympian including bronze at 38yrs old. and MANY other 3x guys were just as dominant as Spencer. I forget his name but Iowa 177 in 78-82 dude was national champion freshman, sophomore, 2nd junior yr, 1st again senior and gold in Olympics, he was more dominant than Lee as was 3x Randy Lewis ( & Olympian gold) others. Lee is recent history, there's been many legends going way back. 1980's. Even Carlton Haselrig, wrestled at a D2 school, barely ever wrestled D1 guys EXCEPT he was so dominant in D2 the NCAA gave him a spot 3 yrs in a row at D1 ncaa's and he crushed everyone > 3x D1 champ along with 3x D2 championships at heavyweight > 6x total ncaa championships, much more difficult for big men to win nationals as freshman & sophomores than it is for 125lbers.

    • Ryan
      Ryan 2 days ago

      ​@Luke Murray Spencer Lee has won 3 national championships this would have been 4th He is a senior also . Sorry dont know his over all record but he rarely ever looses!

    • Diego Pons
      Diego Pons 2 days ago

      @KG-hm4gk Thanks for the reminder, KG. 👍🏽 Yeah, the story of Gable's sister is very tragic. But very motivating how Dan Gable stepped up and kept his family together after that horrendous incident committed by a very sick and POS individual. That's a heavy burden for anyone to carry, let alone a young teen.

  • Hawkeye
    Hawkeye 5 days ago +856

    As a Hawkeye through and through I'm gutted to see Lee's run come to an end! But all credit to Ramos what a win man now go get the chip 🏆 👏

    • DamiensTheRegicide
      DamiensTheRegicide 21 hour ago

      3:23 Ramos defers. Ref indicates green chooses too.

    • Jakob Folmar
      Jakob Folmar 2 days ago

      @Butter lol I read that wrong, thought you were asking if he lost to the same guy from high school. Yeah he won three state titles and lost his senior year just like this time. The only person I though could have even competed with him was fix or suriano but after watching that killer performance by Glory at finals maybe he would of beat him. He looked slick as shit.

    • Jakob Folmar
      Jakob Folmar 2 days ago

      @Butter Lee is the same kid but desantos isn't who he lost to at finals. I don't like making excuses for anyone but Lee was nursing an injury when he lost to desantos in high school. He's been wearing that huge leg brace ever since.

    • Butter
      Butter 2 days ago

      @Jakob Folmar since your from PA as I am. Didn't he lose the same way in high school? 3 time state champ and then Desanto beat him in his last match. This is the same kid right?

  • Rusty Gray
    Rusty Gray 5 days ago +349

    Hours before this match, Ramos had an interview and said he had a plan. You can really see him execute it here.
    1) He chooses neutral in 3rd instead of bottom (Lee chose top in 2nd) because Lee's tilt is so deadly
    2) He uses his Greco-Roman experience to full advantage. In their duel meet match earlier this year, Ramos dominated on his feet, but Lee pinned him as soon as he got on top.
    3) He uses an excellent standing Granby roll twice to get escapes into immediate counter-attacks.
    4) He is constantly pushing into Lee, then changing direction to throw him off balance. Even in the cases where this didn't score him points, it is obviously effective, often sending Lee onto his butt or into a desperate scramble.
    I would have loved to watch Lee make history tomorrow night. He's such an exciting wrestler to watch, and such a darn nice guy, that you can't help but cheer for him. I wish he had gotten the happy ending he seemed destined for. But on the other hand, this feels like the first chapter in a story just as exciting.

    • PJP
      PJP 8 hours ago

      @Scott Meredith Lee's conditioning has always been one of his weaknesses. The challenge helped Lee more than Ramos.

    • Rusty Gray
      Rusty Gray 9 hours ago

      @Scott Meredith That has been a big discussion recently, given that this is apparently a year that they are planning to revisit some of the rules. A lot of people on FLO for example have been saying that a 5 minute breather is more disruptive than an incorrect call, and I tend to agree. When I was a kid, I took a lot of pride in my conditioning because I put in that work. I would have been very upset if my opponent was clearly tired and got a 10 minute break while they decided if I had scored 2 near fall points or 3.

    • Scott Meredith
      Scott Meredith 15 hours ago

      I can't help but keep watching this, and I have come to the conclusion that this and other matches have been influenced by the coach challenges. Your insight was excellent. Given that Lee was up 2 points with riding time, was it worth giving Ramos that breather? Isn't part of wrestling the fatigue factor?

    • PJP
      PJP Day ago

      @W S no problem, and yea.. theres a lot of people who talk without knowing what they're talking about

    • W S
      W S Day ago

      @PJP you're the man, thank you! I have asked in like 5 threads here that I knew were gonna be wrestler bait, on reddit, and on Twitter and this is the 1st solid answer. Several very goofy answers too lol.

  • Jay.ferreal
    Jay.ferreal 5 days ago +430

    Good win, hard fought battle. He earned that win and he’s going to earn this NCAA championship.
    Edit: congrats to Pat Glory well deserved.

    • Brett Gast
      Brett Gast 3 days ago +1

      @Dylan Burnoski how'd that turn out?

    • G-Man0321
      G-Man0321 3 days ago

      Yeah Glory prettmuch dominated that match but he too tasted defeat last year in the finals.

    • Tom Bystander
      Tom Bystander 4 days ago

      Shout out Pat Glory!! New Jersey's Own

    • Stafey
      Stafey 4 days ago

      Unfortunately, glory beat Ramos.

  • MikesAvenger
    MikesAvenger 5 days ago +302

    What a weapon on his feet. He knew to stay off bottom to start the 3rd. Take that chance with a neutral start. Smarts and confidence there. A great career for Lee.

    • Rich B
      Rich B 2 hours ago

      @DamiensTheRegicide Missed it. Watched again and saw what you said.

    • DamiensTheRegicide
      DamiensTheRegicide 21 hour ago +1

      3:23 the disc shows red. Ramos defers. Ref indicates green chooses top. Lee chose top.

    • PJP
      PJP 4 days ago

      ​@Rich B the commentators were wrong. Lee chose Top in the 2nd.

    • Rich B
      Rich B 4 days ago

      @Jakob Folmar I watched the match again and clearly saw that Ramos signaled neutral in the 3rd. What through ESPN and the two of us off was that we didn't see a clear signal from Lee in the 2nd.

    • Jakob Folmar
      Jakob Folmar 5 days ago

      @Rich B oh man so did I at first. I though this kids coaches must be idiots lol. No one picks down with Lee. It's a death sentence.

  • Spiritual Thoughts
    Spiritual Thoughts  5 days ago +178

    Ramos is lethal. I’ve not seen someone so capable of feet to back takedowns in a long time

    • PJP
      PJP 5 days ago +1

      ​@402dude AC Slater originally committed to go to Iowa, but changed his mind last minute and went to California University instead.

    • 402dude
      402dude 5 days ago +1

      A.C. Slater says hello

    • Kristopher Wilson
      Kristopher Wilson 5 days ago +4

      that's all Bryce Andonian does!

    • teebob21
      teebob21 5 days ago +16

      Freestyle aggression pays huge dividends in folkstyle/collegiate wrestling if you can hit it.

    • Spartan89
      Spartan89 5 days ago +8

      Kinda like Austin Gomez!

  • Simp Ultra
    Simp Ultra 5 days ago +296

    I’m not gonna lie this was the best semifinal ncaa match I ever seen

    • James T
      James T 5 days ago +2

      Check out Cary Kolat vs Mike Ironside.

    • Kay Pie
      Kay Pie 5 days ago

      RBY was fortunate to get out of his semi-final.
      That was also a great match.

    • J a
      J a 5 days ago

      @Dad of 4 who

    • Matthew Spangler
      Matthew Spangler 5 days ago

      Why would you even contemplate lying?

    • Vincent Bones
      Vincent Bones 5 days ago

      @Dad of 4 jayson ness?

  • Ryan Gibson
    Ryan Gibson 5 days ago +184

    That was perfect escape and then straight onto the attack! Spencer Lee great great wrestler! But all the praise to Ramos! Great match altogether.

    • Op Squad
      Op Squad 4 days ago

      @teebob21 what the hell are you talking about ? That’s not spencer lee’s style at😂

    • teebob21
      teebob21 4 days ago +2

      @Zayne S LMAO he gave up and quit the tournament

    • teebob21
      teebob21 4 days ago

      @A E ok. Wake me up when he wrestles another NCAA match.

    • SoggyTOTS Live
      SoggyTOTS Live 5 days ago

      @teebob21cough cough Bravo-Young

    • TTB
      TTB 5 days ago +3

      @A E Wow. With the two medical forfeits announced today (in the consolation bracket), the semi final loss was his last wrestled loss of his career. Spencer was a very impressive, dominating wrestler. Shocked how his career ended.

  • ThanksStJoseph
    ThanksStJoseph 5 days ago +95

    Wow! I love Lee. But that was a fantastic match and a prime example of what makes wrestling great!

    • Jmichael Isbell
      Jmichael Isbell 2 days ago

      Exactly and now, with Lee, we get to see HOW great he is-and will be, if he--as he, rises to the occasion. Gable went into a funk, but came out of it. One famous boxing champ once said "you can't see the great until you see how they handle getting beat". Something like that; now will Lee use this to get even better, like Gable did. Maybe?

  • Rob
    Rob 5 days ago +54

    My name is Rob Rohn from Lehigh. I won a NCAA championship in wrestling. Some consider it the greatest upset win in NCAA wrestling history. I will tell you right now, this one beats mine. I am shocked

    • Jeff Dyer
      Jeff Dyer Day ago +1

      Ramos so much better on his feet than Lee.
      Wanted it much more.
      Best move I have ever seen.

    • Coinster
      Coinster 2 days ago +1

      I remember you man. That was freaking awesome. And I have to agree with you on this match.

    • David Gantz
      David Gantz 2 days ago

      Very cool !! Luv hearing from champions

    • Jeff Dyer
      Jeff Dyer 2 days ago

      Your a good person to say that.
      Your father was a really good wrestler

    • Jax Christian
      Jax Christian 2 days ago

      Wrestling fan here. If you are Rob. Yours definitely beats Ramos. You won a title with your gator roll/ cement mixer. Was that your go to move? Nice submission move

  • Jason Webb
    Jason Webb 5 days ago +29

    Amazing. Put him on his back twice, and the way he got that escape and came back aggressive and went for it was amazing. Seemed to catch Lee off guard.

    • Jason Olvera
      Jason Olvera 5 days ago

      Lee was like wtf? I think he got stunned that Ramos got up back like Spiderman. Holy moly.

  • Justin Crawford
    Justin Crawford 5 days ago +83

    Wow what a match. Just incredible determination by both wrestlers. 👏 congratulations Matt.

    • Mike Mason
      Mike Mason 3 days ago

      Actually no, Lee totally gassed and gave up. He was WELL off his back and, I think, got choked out. He only needed to hold out for a few more seconds. His fire and fitness were not in the ball park for this season. If he couldn't crap tilt you in the first 2 minutes...he was a shell the rest of the match.

  • chris reilly
    chris reilly 5 days ago +42

    History repeated unfortunately. Spencer has been a joy to watch. To see him come up short of a 4 time state Champ and NCAA champ is heartbreaking

    • Mijko Snook
      Mijko Snook 3 days ago +1

      and then punk out and drop out for "medical reasons"

    • Sam
      Sam 5 days ago +3

      @Biden is a traitor bro what?

    • Biden is a traitor
      Biden is a traitor 5 days ago +3

      Heartbreaking for who???

  • Lu
    Lu 5 days ago +24

    Congrats to Ramos. I gotta say it’s insanely tough to continue competing at a high level with two torn ACLs even after surgery. You can tell it has affected him. He doesn’t move as good as before and gets gassed quickly. Even if he can’t get his 4th title, he’s still an unbelievable wrestler. Hats off to Matt Ramos tho.

  • Joe Small
    Joe Small 5 days ago +86

    That move to catch Lee was amazing. I watched it over and over.

    • The ND Troll Sniper
      The ND Troll Sniper 4 days ago

      ​​​@W S I was always taught that it's just a reverse gator roll, but there may be another name for it. It's pretty common in freestyle, it's a good way to keep your opponent guessing, not knowing which side you'll roll to. You can also bait him by attempting a regular gator roll then switching to the reverse roll halfway through, his body weight will be leaning towards the side you'll roll into because he's defending/resisting the first gator roll attempt towards the other side.

    • Ricepower30YT
      Ricepower30YT 4 days ago +1

      @W S I fully believe that Ramos knew he was going to catch Spencer’s left arm and pin him to his back

    • Ricepower30YT
      Ricepower30YT 4 days ago

      @W S you’ll see Ramos position his right arm across Spencer’s sternum to fully gator roll him. It is quite unorthodox but Spencer had great defense with his own right arm so Ramos chose to roll the opposite way and it just worked for him but you have to commit 110%

    • W S
      W S 4 days ago

      @Ricepower30YT I've asked this in a few threads and the best I've gotten is a variation on the gator roll. I've never seen rolling away from the trapped arm like that does it have a specific name? In a traditional gator roll he would've rolled towards the trapped left arm or counter clockwise if that makes sense. But yeah I've watched it 12 times, would love a name to find an instructional.

    • Ricepower30YT
      Ricepower30YT 5 days ago +1

      @wrestle4life234 yeah I agree. I was shouting, “get off your knees!” now I’m just a bum that love wrestling and know I would lose to a 125lbs champion every day even though I have 100lbs on them haha. Being on your knees is just bad overall but credit to Ramos for putting all his weight and pressure on Spencer to not allow him to get up

  • Coinster
    Coinster 5 days ago +3

    Matt Ramos will forever be remembered as, "The guy who pinned Spencer Lee in the semifinals" just like Owings is remembered for defeating Gable.

  • Michael North
    Michael North 5 days ago +12

    I always had this impression that the guys Lee was beating were some how “letting” him win.. I had thought last night that Lee might lose in the semis or finals, just going off of the quarterfinals win, he was momentarily on his back and then in the interview, Lee seemed SHOOK and very nerve rattled and was giving quick answers and not happy looking or sounding. Brutal way to lose. The Iowa curse, like Dan gable, and also Lee losing his final match in high school. Sucks to suck.. but most just dream of getting on the podium, let alone winning THREE NCAA TITLES. So we can’t feel too sorry for mr Lee. Go PSU!

  • C Ham
    C Ham 5 days ago +405

    Who else kinda saw this coming but didn’t wanna believe it would happen

    • Coinster
      Coinster 2 days ago

      I actually thought, “What if Ramos pinned him in the last minute” right before he threw The Move. I think I’ll try my luck at guessing the Lotto numbers!

    • Dylan Dempsey
      Dylan Dempsey 4 days ago

      @Marcus Miro Honestly I think people look for a reason to be able to say they thought it might happen

    • C Ham
      C Ham 4 days ago

      @Adam Ski yes ik but this past year it’s been pretty clear that it’s possible for him to go to his bad and Ramos proved it multiple times from freestyle/greco moves

    • Marcus Miro
      Marcus Miro 5 days ago +1

      @Matt W People love saying they called shit like this. I bet when the Cubs won the World Series there were people going "I knew it!!!" lmao

    • RSD
      RSD 5 days ago +1

      You can tell Lee was giving Ramos too much respect by 15 seconds in. He usually attempts a hi-c on the right leg by that time. No shot attempts in the first period. Once i saw no takedowns in the first i said Ramos is going to pull this off because Lee gets weaker as matches get longer.

  • Vaughn Jones
    Vaughn Jones 5 days ago +19

    I am a casual fan, but I watched the dual meet between Ramos and Lee during the season. When Ramos was up 8 to 1, I knew he would be a problem for Lee. I felt like Lee was confident on the mat, and too confident specifically going into this match, whether because he not only beat but pinned Ramos previously or not. It will be interesting to watch how he wrestles tomorrow morning for the third place title.

    • Michael North
      Michael North 5 days ago +3

      @Aaron Sarquist lee’s ego got to him, Lee had a chip on his shoulder, hence why Lee body locked Ramos while still underneath him in a bad position..

    • Aaron Sarquist
      Aaron Sarquist 5 days ago +5

      Gotta disagree. Lee gave Ramos props at the handshake in the first match on the throw. And Lee definitely respected the hell out of Ramos' upper body weapons. Looked more to me like Lee just got caught in a wild position and paid the price. Hats off to Ramos for being game til the very end. Signed, a Spencer Lee Fan boy lol

  • Stafey
    Stafey 5 days ago +16

    The whole crowd cheers for Spencer… but Ramos refuses. An incredible match.

  • Jamie Kiley
    Jamie Kiley 5 days ago +25

    What a move! Wow! Great finish. Did not see that coming. Ramos recovered his energy during that challenge.

  • Ciao America
    Ciao America 5 days ago +18

    Unreal, sending shockwaves through college wrestling. Just wow.

  • Phil Black
    Phil Black 4 days ago +1

    I admire Lee for many reasons, least of which is his ability to tilt up just about anyone in the world, whenever he wants. But I am heart broken he didn’t answer the call for two more matches to let everyone in the world know what kind of man he is, win or lose, that is what wrestling teaches us, courage to do what we do not want to do!!

  • tenningale ...
    tenningale ... 5 days ago +15

    Ramos showed in January he might have the edge in neutral. Even though he still lost despite being up 8-1 in the first that's information to take with you and a confidence boost.

  • fjbxrplover2019
    fjbxrplover2019 5 days ago +38

    Huge upset! But anyone could possibly see this coming at some point. Lee has been handled many times upperbody this year and this shows how difficult the four x thing is. Only sport you can be ahead by a ton and as long as their is time on the clock, you can lose. Credit to Ramos , he had no fear of Lee on his feet and thanks to Lee for giving us fans so much to applaud over the last couple of years.

    • DrivingMissCrazy
      DrivingMissCrazy 5 days ago

      @Michael North hehehehe, says little Mikey from mommy's basement with his Fritos and strawberry Walmart soda. Is that what they told you when you lost your4x hotdog eating contest!?

    • Gary Waksmunski
      Gary Waksmunski 5 days ago

      @Zayne S It is over already. Technically, not mathematically over, but it is over nonetheless. Lee finishing 3rd or 6th makes no difference. Iowa has no chance of catching PSU. There is very little chance of any team catching Iowa for 2nd place either. 1. PSU, 2. Iowa, 3. through 7. is a fight between Cornell, Ohio State, Missouri, Michigan and Nebraska.

    • Lezo Brandon
      Lezo Brandon 5 days ago +2

      Ya I agree Lee one of the best of all time but over rated and over hyped

    • Jacob C
      Jacob C 5 days ago

      @Brett Gast "looking" him and his mommy can cry together.

    • Brett Gast
      Brett Gast 5 days ago +4

      @Michael North right lol, like a 3x national champ and 2x Hodge Trophy winner is easy to do. You must be a 4x and 3x'er. Because that's what Lee was looking at doing.

  • Drezzy Scoo
    Drezzy Scoo 5 days ago +9

    See what happens when you incorporate all 3 styles of wresting into one masterpiece. Haven’t seen lee thrown like that since his younger days. Great match, all respect to both warriors, only one can go further.

  • Colin Berry
    Colin Berry Day ago

    Wow you hear coaches of the sport talk about "character building" all the time & god damn does this drama epitomize it. This match and Spencer Lee's journey reminded me of all the highs and lows and humility of this crazy amazing beautiful sport. The older you get the more you understand the greatness of this sport. It's sad for Lee but damn thank you Spencer for helping all of us fall in love with this sport all over again. That was the most dramatic & exciting television I've seen in years. I was shook!

  • Gmoney11
    Gmoney11 5 days ago +12

    Absolutely unreal. Gives everyone else in the field confidence that they can achieve the impossible.

  • New Harper
    New Harper 5 days ago +74

    You are a superstar Ramos! Congratulations on the win.

  • Joshua Beane
    Joshua Beane 5 days ago +3

    That was one of the sickest moves I've ever seen. To execute it at that moment against arguably the best 125lber to ever do it is just simply clutch. Not taking anything away from Ramos but Lee looked anything other than dominant the entire match!

  • Black Metal Raider
    Black Metal Raider 5 days ago +14

    I can’t stop watching this. Simply incredible. College wrestling at its very finest.

  • Sweet Peach
    Sweet Peach 5 days ago +19

    Purdue was on both sides of a historic upset tonight

    • Cherry
      Cherry 5 days ago


    • Kay Pie
      Kay Pie 5 days ago

      Yes. Crazy isn’t it?

  • Jorge Gonzalez
    Jorge Gonzalez 4 days ago +1

    Damn! Feel bad for Spencer, man is class act that will be missed, tough tough loss

  • logan sneed
    logan sneed 5 days ago +6

    Goosebumps and just wow, all credit to Ramos never quit.

  • Monsterbaby's Channel
    Monsterbaby's Channel 5 days ago +8

    Great upset. Great match. That whole finishing sequence from the escape to the pin was just amazing. Well done kiddo. Indiana stand up!!!

  • Boone
    Boone  5 days ago +7

    It's amazing how probably the best wrestler in the tournament up to this point is so susceptible to a blast double. A thing of beauty.

  • Brian Beck
    Brian Beck 5 days ago +2

    That pinning move was insane

  • David Bordner
    David Bordner 5 days ago +5

    Shall we call that the “Ramos Roll”. Literally with .01 seconds left HE’S STUCK! 😮 Kudos to Matt 👏🏼 And Spencer will be always be a legend. My god I love this sport and hot damn I love tournament. 🙏🏼

  • V
    V 5 days ago +13

    So happy for Ramos but totally devastated for Lee

  • Crawdaddy
    Crawdaddy 5 days ago +21

    Great match, tough to see Spencer get pinned, hats off to Ramos, he came to battle like in the Dual. Both of them fought and fought for sure, great match.

  • jthakiddd
    jthakiddd 2 days ago

    I can't believe this. I've been rooting for Spencer for years. This tears me up 😔

  • EliteGotAbused
    EliteGotAbused 5 days ago +5

    Straight up cried after this match really sad to see Spencer's carrer almost be over he did really good though

  • Jon Boxleitner
    Jon Boxleitner 5 days ago +2

    What a match. Tons of action.

  • Ganoosh 24
    Ganoosh 24 5 days ago +6

    The most insane ending Ive ever seen. Amazing. Congrats to Ramos. Just an outstanding effort!

  • MCKen3311 Daugherty
    MCKen3311 Daugherty 5 days ago +1

    That was just incredible... the gramby roll for the escape and the pin. Way to keep wrestling dude!

  • Eric
    Eric 5 days ago +26

    Ramos is so good on his feet. A good freestyle wrestler and i didnt want to think it but i was afraid of this matchup ☹️

    • Eric
      Eric 5 days ago +9

      @Michael North theres enough rigged sports out there lol lets keep wrestling pure

    • Michael North
      Michael North 5 days ago

      Unironically should have offered Ramos a million bucks to dip out on this match, just to get the first 4xer in Iowa program history

  • Jason Sturek
    Jason Sturek 5 days ago +2

    Much respect to the warrior who beat Lee. Much more respect to the man beaten. An inspiring wrestler to whom no one holds a candle to. You’re the man, Spenser Lee. My heart and admiration goes out to you.

  • Ermi Wermi
    Ermi Wermi 5 days ago +6

    What a crazy time we’re living in. History was made today, imma talk about this match with my grandchildren one day

  • George Ramos
    George Ramos 5 days ago

    I can watch this all day…Ramos had the will and determination to win…they even gave Lee 2pt take down when the video shows Lee’s foot was in the air and out of bounds…Great win Ramos…

  • Derfing Fishing
    Derfing Fishing 4 days ago

    What an amazing match for both of them but such a bold but effective pin/finishing move to end the match. I got to wrestle against Spencer Lee's high school team in team state playoffs and we barely got by them... then we got beat by Canon Mac :(

  • Nate McDonough
    Nate McDonough 5 days ago +3

    What what an incredible upset. Also, in dramatic fashion. Fall with literally one second left. Kudos to this Purdue kid!

  • Lori Sharpe
    Lori Sharpe 5 days ago +30

    Spencer hold your head high kiddo! You have proved through and through what a top notch athlete you are ! Go Hawks!

    • James T
      James T 5 days ago

      Turns out he hung his head and forfeited 2 matches after this loss.

    • Zayne S
      Zayne S 5 days ago +2

      @Kristopher Wilson And even Zain Retherford and Bo Nickal AND Jason Nolf. All who were disappointed by past tournaments and didn't want that feeling ever again. I think Bean Bartlett and Shayne Van Ness will also go down as two of the Penn State greats down the road, but Shayne's time I feel is definitely coming quick.

    • Bash Chandra
      Bash Chandra 5 days ago

      ​@Kristopher Wilson completely agree, Kristopher

    • Kristopher Wilson
      Kristopher Wilson 5 days ago +14

      @Biden is a traitor strongly disagree. Dan Gable's loss to Owings in 1971 is not what people remember him for. Once the shock goes away and once he transitions to freestyle (if he does) his whole career will be remembered. Can say something similar about David Taylor (4x finalist, losing to Bubba Jenkins and Kyle Dake), Isaiah Martinez, Mark Hall, etc.

    • Biden is a traitor
      Biden is a traitor 5 days ago +3

      This match he will be remembered for..not his career

  • Bruce Martinsen
    Bruce Martinsen 4 days ago

    I could only imagine how heartbroken Lee is knowing he won’t be a 4 time NCAA champ. I feel for him but it was a fair fought match.

  • Boxboyz
    Boxboyz 5 days ago +6

    Left me absolutely speechless, great match

  • Black King
    Black King 5 days ago

    I love the emotion in sports . No matter what sport . It’s amazing

  • Saint
    Saint 5 days ago +6

    I love to see the comment section. All respect to Ramos for beating one of the best Hawkeyes in the past decade. Sad to see Lee go but the whole community loves him

  • The Coyote Guy Watkins
    The Coyote Guy Watkins 5 days ago +14

    Hope Lee uses this to do something in the years to come! Something about him makes me want to tune in every time he laces em up

    • James T
      James T 5 days ago

      He'll have to get his mind right, re-focus.

    • The Coyote Guy Watkins
      The Coyote Guy Watkins 5 days ago +3

      @anthonymorton9299 possibly...hard to tell...so much pressure...to be 1 of a handful to win 4... looked focused to me but locking hands around him just before the roll was a lax move to ride out the clock... looked like he got away from his norm of score score score

    • Anthony Morton
      Anthony Morton 5 days ago +2

      It almost seemed like he was so accustomed to winning that he would just try to cruise through the matches and now that he faced someone that was competitive he had trouble

  • ib Bilalian
    ib Bilalian 5 days ago +10

    Ramos had a Louden Swain moment. Huge upset. Epic match.

    • ElGringoLocoMaldonado
      ElGringoLocoMaldonado 5 days ago +3

      Well said my friend.. Well said. You're goddamn right he did!! Was on a vision quest man

  • Ricepower30YT
    Ricepower30YT 5 days ago +5

    At the top 5 it’s usually anyone’s game. Spencer Lee is once in a generation and far above 2-4. This is a mega upset! Amazing to see!

  • clarkerson
    clarkerson 5 days ago

    Between Matt Ramos and the men’s basketball team, Purdue was on different sides of a couple of the most historic upsets in college sports history… on the same day

  • Mark Wells
    Mark Wells 4 days ago

    As I watch Lee wrestle , it makes what Gable did in the '72 Olympics, by not surrendering 1 point to be Olympic Gold Champion , insane , I wanted to see Lee make his run in the finals to be the 1st Iowa Hawkeye ever to win. 4 NCAA titles and just the 5th wrestler in NCAA history

  • Daniel Vargas
    Daniel Vargas 5 days ago +4

    Excited to see Ramos wrestle in the future. He is super smooth with his takedowns.

  • Sam
    Sam 5 days ago

    Now I can finally say I told ya so, after watching their previous match a couple weeks ago, I predicted this would happen. Shame on them doubters! 😂 I even mentioned the thing about gable vs. Larry in that old comment. Poor Lee though, hope it isn't too heartbreaking for him that he stops wrestling.

  • Jon Doe
    Jon Doe 5 days ago +11

    The way he turned him for the finish was so damn slick.

  • Sharkk
    Sharkk 5 days ago +7

    Great match guys!
    Congrats to Ramos! You earned it young man

  • John Getz
    John Getz 5 days ago +8

    I'm a Pennsylvania guy and a huge Penn State fan. What I just witnessed I'm speechless over. Iowa is our huge rival, and I never saw Spencer Lee losing. Ever. Huge hat off to Ramos for an intelligent Match...

    • Pirates 123
      Pirates 123 4 days ago +1

      Nationals is the super bowl of college wrestling. PSU has won 10 of the last 12. We really don’t have any rivals when you think about it.

    • Jay Pauling
      Jay Pauling 4 days ago

      Also from Pa and PSU fan and that was a once in a life time match. Ramos will have a great future.

  • Ian Shue
    Ian Shue 3 days ago

    This is a point in Lee’s career where he can either go uphill and get better as a result of this loss like how Gable went to whole other level after his Owings loss, or go downhill and be a small part of history like when Dean Heil lost his senior year

  • Darian
    Darian 5 days ago

    I remember I use to wrestle with matt in the same club back in Bolingbrook IL when we were on the raiders together he’s always been good super proud of you matt !

  • Clayton Christ
    Clayton Christ 5 days ago +1

    You could tell he was looking for that front headlock that whole time , just got the set up right. Perfect 👍

  • markus zahn
    markus zahn 5 days ago +7

    unbelievable, really wanted spencer to win but ramos definitely deserves this

  • xMontorix
    xMontorix 4 days ago +1

    This is the hypest & most charismatic I've been about a wrestling match in a long time. Holy!!

  • Chaz Fudge
    Chaz Fudge 5 days ago +5

    That throw was on time 🔥🤧 i love upsets ‼️

  • Joni Pflager
    Joni Pflager 5 days ago

    Amazing match! Great fight by both young men. Congratulations Ramos!

  • erick Garcia
    erick Garcia 5 days ago +1

    Bro that double leg was actually insane

  • BenOnTheRise
    BenOnTheRise 5 days ago

    That's incredible! Definitely history!

  • Lexington & Concord
    Lexington & Concord 5 days ago +17

    Even without the pin Ramos had it won with back points! That is a clean win over one of the best of all time. Credit to both guys for going all out all throughout!

  • S Palacios
    S Palacios 5 days ago

    When Lee chose to be on top after Ramos deferred, I thought “oh sh*t, he has to believe he can turn him and ride him out.” Lee did just that. I love nothing more than to watch Iowa lose, but never expected this. Great match.

  • Daniel Marcum
    Daniel Marcum 3 days ago

    He never gave up
    He fought his butt off for 3 period’s and it paid off . And a pin against LEE !! WTF😳💪

  • Tom Leubner
    Tom Leubner 4 days ago

    Speaking as a wrestler we have all been there, SPENCER LEE you are a true Champion, a Hawkeye .Hats off to you young man.

  • Samuel Hughes
    Samuel Hughes 5 days ago +28

    This moment probably just motivated Spencer Lee to become the greatest Olympic wrestler ever.

    • Gary Waksmunski
      Gary Waksmunski 5 days ago +1

      @Akshay Gulabrao Also, freestyle rules take away a lot of his top game and tilt. He is a dominant wrestler on top and he is now average in neutral and on bottom. More US wrestlers will be able to challenge him in freestyle that can't sniff his jock in folk, so making the US team at this point is not a given with his body beat up. The Iowa style is not conducive to staying healthy for a full 4 or 5 years in college.

    • Yaho Postinguy
      Yaho Postinguy 5 days ago +3

      Let's not get overly dramatic here. He's real good at exposing the back on takedowns which is to his advantage but he won't have time to work his tilts in freestyle. And you can't wait there for the action to come to you because they're real quick to call inactivity in freestyle. And he hasn't wrestled freestyle internationally in years. Yeah, he's great and I think he has a gold in him but there's obviously a lot of unknowns and a lot of work to do here, especially when you have to get through a 4x wc level medalist like Gilman to even get to the show.

    • Jack Dulin
      Jack Dulin 5 days ago +2

      3 state titles, 3 national titles … 3 Olympic titles? 👀👀👀

    • Phil Isaak
      Phil Isaak 5 days ago +4

      Gable lost to Larry Owings who was a sophomore at a now University of Washington defunct program after being undefeated in high school and college
      Went ballistic in freestyle and beat Owings 7-1 in the Olympic trials and that was the only point he gave up in the 17 US Matches and then went Unscored upon in 6 Olympic matches. Sometimes it’s these things that refocus people. Larry Owings never won again in the next two years

  • Lococrazy
    Lococrazy 5 days ago +5

    Spencer losing in the semis is just crazy…

  • Donovan Patrick
    Donovan Patrick 5 days ago +3

    That was insane! Who would've thought!

  • Joshua Solis
    Joshua Solis 5 days ago

    That’s savage. I think this is the most neutral someone’s had spencer lee and I think that pin was amazing. Congrats to Ramos and great work from spencer lee; as always. As disappointing as it may seem I hope spencer can overcome that and come back and destroy the competition wherever he decides to compete.

  • Real Guy
    Real Guy 2 days ago

    No one talking about Spencer Lee being gracious to Ramos with handshake after the match. CLASS ACT!!

  • jordan Zipkin
    jordan Zipkin 4 days ago

    It’s pretty wild that Ramos tried this at the very end of the first period and Lee easily defended it.

  • Mike Moran
    Mike Moran 5 days ago +1

    best moment in wrestling in years!

  • G-man
    G-man 5 days ago

    What an incredible move to flip Lee! Ramos had been on top of Lee's head the whole match wearing him down and that set up the move. Must have been planning that for weeks.

  • pat
    pat 5 days ago +7

    Wow that was dirty!! Ramos looked strong & confident that entire match. Hats off to both wrestlers 🫡

    • James T
      James T 5 days ago


    • Moe Krinkle
      Moe Krinkle 5 days ago

      He gassed towards the end. That challenge time definitely helped him.

  • Kingston Ball
    Kingston Ball 5 days ago

    As an Iowa I don’t know how so much could go wrong in two nights

  • Alias 5638
    Alias 5638 5 days ago

    I’m an Iowa fan, but I wish they had more guys wrestle like Ramos on their feet. The kid just lets it fly and is electric.

  • KoolHandDuke
    KoolHandDuke 5 days ago

    On the level of Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglass. The upset that leaves the sports world stunned. Congrats to Matt Ramos.

  • Jon Boxleitner
    Jon Boxleitner 5 days ago

    Reminds me of Spencer Lee's loss to Austin DeSanto in the PIAA finals when both were seniors in high school. But this one I think was even more unbelievable if that's possible. Lee losses are so rare, it's like seeing a white buffalo. Lee a credit to the sport.

  • All Things NM
    All Things NM 3 days ago

    What a STUD!!! Lee showed class in defeat.

  • Bob E
    Bob E 5 days ago +3

    Great match and win!!! I would still beat on Lee anytime he wrestles. Lee you are one of the all time greats. Great career you have had.

  • The Don
    The Don 5 days ago

    Second time watching this...I watched it after it happened yesterday, and now this morning. Man Ramos is a beast. You gotta give the kid the credit he deserves. Down, with 2 SECONDS on the clock...Amazing, and brutal pin against a legend in Spencer Lee. Ive seen Spencer get pinned before, and i wasnt really as surprised as others i guess. Im from Ohio so lol, so its not like i have a dog in the fight. However ive followed Spencer for a little while now, and was looking forward to him winning 4 NCAA Championships. I didnt see the title coming as easily as everyone made it out to be. All these top 5 guys are monsters, and on a good day will beat the best. As we just seen. Ready to watch Ramos in the finals. Which idk when the wrestling starts today, but yea cant wait. Id love to see Ramos get a NCAA title. Great kid.

  • Sammy Benitez
    Sammy Benitez 5 days ago +4

    In all our hearts we had Lee becoming a 4x ncaa champion but he got tilted and almost pinned in the quarter finals. Something was wrong with him maybe to much pressure.

    • Sammy Benitez
      Sammy Benitez 5 days ago

      Long shot but i think now that he had surgery he maybe felt more pressure of not having an excuse then before he had to overcome adversity

    • SC
      SC 5 days ago

      You could see it in his face after the back points by Noto something was off

  • Carolina Blood
    Carolina Blood 5 days ago +55

    WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK?!?!?!? Congrats, Matt Ramos!!!

  • CanYaSayDAMN
    CanYaSayDAMN 5 days ago

    Imagine all Spencer had to do was not take a shot. Circle around. Not lock his hands. Insane.

  • Alan Espinoza
    Alan Espinoza 5 days ago

    What a great win! Congratulations!!

  • Black Hole Schwa
    Black Hole Schwa 5 days ago +3

    Usually the thumb nail gives away the match, but in this case, I didn't believe it. For me, it was literally "unbelievable".