Look, I got this from YouTube. If Disney or whoever owns ESPN these days says it can’t be used, strike it from YouTube. Do not sue the Hlog, Corporate Monolith.
That said, this is from the end of the NCAA Wrestling Championships’ 149-pound final, won by North Carolina State’s Darrion Caldwell over Iowa’s Brent Metcalf, a 2008 national-titlist who had owned a 69-match winning streak.
Cheap shot? Metcalf and his coach, Tom Brands, insisted afterward that time still remained on the clock and Metcalf was still wrestling. Caldwell did appear to start his victory celebration a bit early with a couple seconds before :00.
Metcalf caught up with him and knocked him from mid-air two or three seconds after the clock struck :00, but his pursuit began when a second or two remained on the clock?
Metcalf said had he been going for a postmatch shot at Caldwell, he’d have knocked him off the platform.
Click here to see and hear Metcalf’s post-match interview. Many athletes wouldn’t have faced the music afterward.
None of it ultimately matters. Caldwell, thankfully, wasn’t hurt. And he was the NCAA champ after clearly outwrestling the Hawkeye in a stunning development.
You don’t get this stuff in the NCAA basketball tourney, folks. At least not the men’s tourney.
Here’s the long-form YouTube video. The controversial moment comes at around the 4-minute mark.