Spencer Lee has amassed one of the most-impressive careers in the history of collegiate wrestling. What remains equally impressive is his unsung leadership and character off the mat. Ultimately, Spencer Lee embodies the core values of what RUDIS is all about: a daily determination to the pursuit of greatness.
Lee has already amassed one of the most impressive careers in the history of college wrestling. In addition to his 3 NCAA titles his honors include The Big Ten Medal of Honor, The Hodge Trophy, The Sullivan Award, Big Ten Academic All-American, NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler, and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. As a high school wrestler in Pennsylvania he won 3 State Titles, the Cadet World Championships, and two Junior World Champions, all while staying on the honor roll and volunteering at The Kids Club and Miracle League.
No one knows better about the dedication needed to win an NCAA championship than Lee himself. Since 2020, Spencer has stayed off the wrestling mat. Recovering from two knee surgeries, Spencer’s comeback is a feat of will and determination. What others would consider an impossible miracle, Lee considers his recovery process a test of mind, heart, and body.
On Sunday, December 4th, 2022 Spencer walked into the Carver-Hawkeye arena to an expecting crowd. He wrestled Corey Cabanban of Iowa State and won in a dominant fashion of 16-5. Overall, Sunday marked a promising return for the young wrestler. Ultimately, Spencer Lee embodies the core values of what RUDIS is all about: a daily determination to the pursuit of greatness.