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Top 50 Countdown - #4-#3

By MI Grappler, 04/10/20, 12:45PM EDT


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4. Brent Metcalf

Metcalf assembled arguably the greatest high school career in state history while competing at Davison HS.  He went 228-0 with 156 falls en route to four individual titles and four team titles.  He was a double champ at Junior Nationals three times (2003, 2004, 2005), tied for the most Junior titles ever.  In '05 he was OW in both styles.  He also won a Greco title on the Cadet level in 2002, and was runner-up that year in freestyle.  Additionally, he won a FILA Cadet Greco title in 2002 as well.  In 2004, 2005, and 2006, he won the FILA Junior Nationals.  

Asics/Tiger named Metcalf a 1st Team All-American in 2004 and he was 2nd Team in 2003 and 2005, after being an Honorable Mention pick as a freshman.  He won his matches for Team USA at Dapper Dan and the Dream Team Classic, and was Michigan's Mr. Wrestler and Dave Schultz Award winner.

His college career began at Virginia Tech but he transferred with Tom Brands to Iowa, losing a year of eligibility in the process.  In his three years for the Hawkeyes, Metcalf put up a record of 108-3, including a 69-match winning streak at one point.  He won two NCAA titles and was runner-up as a junior.  A two-time Big Ten Champ, Metcalf was the 2008 Hodge Trophy winner and Outstanding Wrestler at the 2008 NCAA's.  Also that year he was named the Jesse Owens Big Ten Athlete of the Year.  He was OW at the 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships as well.  

Metcalf would go on to compete at four World Championships, making teams in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  He was second at the Trials in 2009, 2011, and 2012.  He also was twice a runner-up at the prestigious Ivan Yarigin Golden Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  Metcalf currently is an assistant coach at Iowa State University. 

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3. Andre Metzger

Metzger was a one-time state champ for Cedar Springs, placing 2nd as a junior.  On the national level, he won five Juniors National titles - in Greco in 1976, and double titles in 1977 and 1978.  He also placed 5th in freestyle in '76 and 3rd in Greco in '75.  In 1977, Metzger won bronze at the Junior Worlds.  At the 1978 Dapper Dan Classic, he won his match and was named Outstanding Wrestler. Later that year he was named to the WrestlingUSA Dream Team. 

He would go on to The University of Oklahoma, where he became a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA champ.  He placed 5th, 2nd, 1st, and 1st in his four trips.  Metzger was a Big 8 Champ in 1981 and ended his Sooner career with a record of 114-14-3.  While in college, he made his first senior-level World Team, in 1979.  He won bronze at the World Championships that summer, making him the youngest American medalist at worlds - which stood until Kyle Snyder won it.  

A five-time US Nationals champ in freestyle, Metzger also won the US Nationals in Greco in 1980.  He made four world teams during his career - in 1979, 1982, 1986, and 1987.   He was 4th in 1982, was a silver medalist at the '86 Worlds and won bronze again in '87.  Metzger was a 3x World Cup silver medalist and a 1987 Pan-Am Champ before becoming an Olympic Alternate in 1988.