Iowa wrestler Sammy Brooks beat Nebraska’s T. J. Dudley to win the 184-pound Big Ten title. He held on for a 6-4 decision last week in Iowa City. His victory was impressive and like the biblical hero Samson, he gave all credit to his manly mullet hairstyle and he did it without cracking a smile.
“I think these fans just respond really well to a good haircut, so that’s what I was working on coming in here, making sure I had it fluffed and feathered the right way. I think the fans saw my hard work,” he said.
“I gain trust every time my hair grows a little more, and a little more I trust in myself and my mullet, so it’s a process, you know. You can’t grow a great mullet in a day. You can’t win a Big Ten title in a day.”
Here’s Brooks finishing the match against Dudley:
Brooks was one of two Iowa winners at the Big Ten meet. Cory Clark upset Zane Richards, the top-seeded 133-pounder from Illinois, in overtime.
Here’s the exciting finish to Clark’s win:
And his tame post-match interview: