Note: This post is the third in a series of retrospectives that will examine the career highlights of some of the greatest college wrestlers in recent history and tell you where they are now.

No conversation about past University of Iowa wrestling legends would be complete without a mention of Brent Metcalf — but it wasn’t supposed to be that way. Metcalf originally committed to Virginia Tech out of high school, and spent a redshirt season with the Hokies before electing to follow head coach Tom Brands to Iowa. The move cost Metcalf a year of NCAA eligibility, but ultimately paid off for both men in the form of three national team championships and two individual titles.

Metcalf entered the collegiate wrestling ranks with lofty expectations after going undefeated for his entire prep career at Davison (MI) High School. His dominance on the mats continued at Iowa, where he notched a 35-1 record and won a slew of prestigious individual awards, including the Dan Hodge Trophy (presented to the year’s most outstanding wrestler) and the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year Award, in his first full season of sanctioned competition. Metcalf’s dream season culminated in a decisive victory over Penn State’s Bubba Jenkins in the 149-pound finals. Metcalf then finished as the runner-up in the NCAA tournament in 2009 before reclaiming the 149-pound title in 2010.

Metcalf’s wrestling accomplishments are far too numerous to list in their entirety, but here’s a brief rundown of the highlights:

  • High school career record of 228-0 with 156 pins
  • Four-time Michigan state high school champion
  • Michigan’s “Mr. Wrestler” (2005)
  • Big Ten Wrestler of the Year (2008)
  • Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year (2008)
  • Dan Hodge Trophy (2008)
  • Two-time Big Ten Championships Outstanding Wrestler (2008-09)
  • Two-time Big Ten Champion (2008-09)
  • NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler (2008)
  • Two-time NCAA Champion (2008, 2010)
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2008-10)

Since graduating from the University of Iowa, Metcalf has been very active in international competition, winning gold at the Sargsyan International tournament in Armenia and silver at the World Cup earlier this year. He is currently a member of the U.S. national team and is striving to earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic roster. He lives in Iowa with his wife, Kristen, and their son, Chase.