Spencer Lee

3x NCAA Champion


  • 3x National Champion
  • 2x Hodge Trophy Winner
  • 3x Big Ten Champion 
  • 2020  AAU James E. Sullivan Award Winner
  • 4x All-American
  • 2020 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler
  • 2x Big Ten Wrestler of the Year
  • Won the U.S. Senior Nationals to earn a spot at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials
  • 3x Academic All-Big Ten
  • 3x NWCA Scholar Athlete
  • 2018 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner

“I want to do better, compete harder, and win more. … I’m going to go out there and do the best I can to put on a show and try to create more fans for our sport and university.”

Spencer Lee (November 4, 2022 to Josh O'Leary for Iowa Magazine)

“Spencer had the distinction of being the last Dan Hodge Trophy winner while Dan was still alive. Believe me, Dan Hodge knew who Spencer Lee was. The last time I talked to him I told him Spencer had won it and he said, ‘What a great choice.’”

Mike Chapman, founder of WIN Magazine who created the Hodge Trophy in 1995

2x Hodge Trophy


AAU James E. Sullivan

Award Winner



“You can’t win a team title with just one guy. Even if I pinned every single opponent the most I can score is 30 points, and I’m pretty sure the second and third place teams were above 100. You can’t win it with one guy. You have to win it with a team. That’s all that matters. It takes a team effort.”

Spencer Lee (March 20th, 2021 | After winning his third National title and first National Team Title)

"I’ve talked about the importance of him (Spencer Lee) in a lot more ways than on the mat, demonstrating skill, and being a point scoring guru. It’s more than that, it’s a toughness factor."

Tom Brands, Head Coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes