Metcalf Making Impact

Jan. 23, 2008

The following story was written by Craig Sekser of USA Wrestling and posted on Wednesday, January 23.

Iowa coach Tom Brands was sitting on the Hawkeye bench, watching as Ryan Morningstar took control of his 157-pound match against Nebraska’s Chris Oliver.

The Hawkeyes already had bolted to a commanding 12-0 lead against Nebraska in the finals of the National Duals and were about to win their fifth straight match.

Morningstar led by a handful of points and had Oliver trapped in the down position. That’s when a voice called out to Brands from the Hawkeye bench.

It was Hawkeye 149-pounder Brent Metcalf.

“It looked like Morningstar was just going to ride him out,” Brands said. “Then Metcalf yelled down at me to have Morningstar cut him and go for the major decision.”

A few seconds later, Metcalf took matters into his own hands.

“Metcalf started yelling at Morningstar to cut the Nebraska kid,” Brands said. “He wanted the major decision, he wanted him to go for the jugular.”

Brent Metcalf is a sophomore with just over a semester of varsity experience at the collegiate level, but it’s already very apparent that this kid is something special. Some wrestling observers were calling Metcalf the best college wrestler in the building in any weight class during the National Duals.

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