Metcalf on winning the individual crown
The 149 pound weight division was loaded with talent, but there was one match that everyone at the Big Ten meet wanted to see and that was Brent Metcalf vs. Dustin Schlatter in the finals. The fans got their wish and Metcalf once again proved he was more than ready for the challenge as his win essentially clinched the Big Ten title for the Hawkeyes. Metcalf walks us through the match.
Metcalf stood tall in the battle of the top two wrestlers at 149 pounds.
Q: Did you feel confident that you were going to get that with time was kind of running out there?
Metcalf: Absolutely, I'd gotten to him many times out of bounds; I'd finish out of bounds. I knew it was just going to be a matter of time when things were going to go the way I wanted, which was finish inside that circle. I just kept getting after it, trying to get to him. I eventually had to get to it. I just had to continue to be smart there. He's dangerous as well so, couldn't just throw it all to the wind. I really had to be smart and wrestle my match.
Q: Take us through that scramble, how were you able get his legs, get in on that shot?
Metcalf: Actually, the shot was the one I did not finish. I kind of just timed it. I finished on a snap down, we both kind of collided, and I snapped him to the mat and ran around behind him ? I went to the legs I guess. Really, it was just keep pressure on him the entire match. I was getting that snap down. I was getting to it, I was getting around behind him like I said, but it was out of bounds. It was there, it was going to be there, I just had to continue to go to it and couldn't stand around and wait for anything to happen.
Q: Did you feel him start to tire?
Metcalf: Absolutely, you see a guy start taking injury time ? I'm aware that he's probably got an injury ? but at the same time its what I'm doing out there that's creating those injuries.
Q: Was it frustrating? You were going to the edge of the mat quite a bit.
Metcalf: Absolutely it frustrating, but at the same time ? like I said ? I'm continuing to put him down. If I'm on the edge of the mat, I'm on a leg; I'm going to finish. I'm not going to do it brutally, but I'm going to finish to let him know that I'm here to score points. That wears on a guy. You can't let him have a freebie just because he stepped out of bounds.
Q: How big was this match in the team race, [did coach talk to you about that]?
Metcalf: Coach did not talk to us about it. Our philosophy is, everyone worry about your own individual success, and the team accolades will come along with it. But, that said, I put it on myself. I'm not sure if it came down to that match or not, I know that its close. Really, stepping onto that mat, I tell myself, this is win or lose. This is win or lose for me, this is win or lose for our team. I've got to perform, because really it's Iowa versus Minnesota. That's the best way to have it I guess.
Q: That pretty much clinches it I think for the team race. What kind of step is this for the program, for the team?
Metcalf: It's another step. It's not a big step; it's a small step. We probably didn't have the success that we wanted to have this weekend. You know what? You know what's nice about this, is that we have another chance to prove ourselves; we have one more chance to go and perform. We had guys do a good job, but it needs to be one more step. You know what, its in the right direction. It's all positive.
Q: What does this win do for you personally? You talked yesterday, you've been waiting for this match, you said the whole world's been waiting for this match. What does it do now? Is it just another step for you as well?
Metcalf: It's another step, it's another match, it just happens to be an NCAA champion All-American in Dustin Schlatter. But really its another match, its really, this is the best match you can have, because you know what; I got taken down, almost got taken down again, wasn't able to get to the legs like I really wanted too. So you know, it's a great opportunity for me to learn, and to continue to get better. So I guess that's how I take the match. It's great to have the win but at the same time it's not the way I want to win. I just got to continue to be stingy, wrestle in my positions, and get to my offense.