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Iowa Wrestling Legend's Mom Crushes Her Own Glasses with Bare Hands After Son's Historic Loss

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For sports fans of a certain age, “The Wide World of Sports” was as institutional as it got.

For fans of that legendary show, which ended its run in 1998, it’s impossible not to hear Jim McKay’s iconic line when thinking of the show’s introduction.

“Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport … the thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat … the human drama of athletic competition …This is ABC’s ‘Wide World of Sports!'”

Had “The Wide World of Sports” still existed today, the following viral clip of a sports mom would have unequivocally been classified under “agony of defeat”:

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That’s the mother of the veritable University of Iowa wrestling legend Spencer Lee, who suffered a stunning upset loss on Friday in a semifinals match for the NCAA national championships, crushing her glasses like a used up piece of tin foil.

Lee was in the midst of a nation-best 58-match winning streak and vying for a fourth straight national title (a feat accomplished by only four wrestlers in history) when his streak — and hopes for that historic fourth title — went up in smoke.

Do you think this mother was out of line with her reaction?

(It’s important to note that on Saturday, Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis became the fifth person to win four wrestling titles.)

But while Lee is the one who actually got his shoulders pinned to the mat (with just one second left in the third period, no less), it was his mother’s visceral reaction that went viral.

Some, like former NFL tight end Delanie Walker, blasted the mother for poor sportsmanship:

Others criticized the mother for embarrassing her son (and ESPN for airing it):

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Others, meanwhile, were more understanding of the mother’s response, noting that it was a devastating and abrupt end to years of support:

Indeed, while vision insurance claim specialists may recoil at the sight of Lee’s mother’s reaction, it’s a far, far cry from storming the mat or some other disturbing behavior you’d associate with overbearing sports parents.

And to be clear, there should be no doubt that Lee’s mother has been invested and supportive of her son’s incredible career for years now.

There’s another, far less viral video of the mother making the rounds on social media, and it’s positively heartwarming if you’ve ever wrestled before:

That’s just some nice, wholesome wrestling family fun… until the mom flies in with an arm bar.

Sorry haters. That’s a good mom.

Just not to her glasses.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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