​Wrestler Throws Medals In Garbage, Second-Place Not Good Enough​​

By: | 03/14/2013 08:11 AM ET

All-American wrestler, Matt McDonough, throws second place medals in the garbage, which were later found in a trash can by Sam Louwagie, an intrepid student reporter.

“It was McDonough’s third loss this season, the most he has ever had,” Louwagie wrote in his story for The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa’s student newspaper.

“McDonough, who declined to speak after his match, made perhaps a bigger statement by tossing his second-place medal in the trash.”

Louwagie attributed “McD’s” anger to the Iowa program’s unwillingness to accept anything less than the best.

According to a report from The Gazette, McDonough attempted to reclaim his medal prior to leaving Illinois. He even left his information to have the medal returned to him.

“The fact that McDonough quickly sought a way to regain it shows that he understands the medal is important. Even if not to himself, it means something to the program,” K.J. Pilcher wrote for The Gazette.

The Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling program has won a total of 23 national championships since 1975.

There has been no word on whether the wrestler received the medal back.