April 2014

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16 "It's like people asking me what were you going to do with the hats if you didn't win?" Ramos said. "Well, I guess we'll never know, because it didn't happen." Ramos, who is engaged to former Hawkeye volleyball player Megan Eskew, is undecided on his competitive future. Not only would his body love a break aer 20 years of wrestling, but his weight of 133 pounds doesn't fit well with the Olympic divisions of 126 and 143 pounds. Don't be surprised if he coaches a year before starting a freestyle career. Aer five seasons wearing the black singlet and training in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex, Ramos's collegiate career is over. Whether you loved him or cheered against him, there is no denying he was a positive shot in the arm for the sport. "I do give a lot of emotion to the fans: during the match, aer the match, before the match," Ramos said. "It gives them something to cheer about. Even if they are cheering against me they are cheering about something. In sports they always have a hero or a villain, but those are the top two people talked about all the time. So however they see me, that's all right as long as they're talking about you." Ramos never says no to an autograph or photo request. Seconds before receiving his gold medal at the NCAA championships, a young Hawkeye fan, accompanied by his father, approached Ramos from behind the award stand. Ramos turned toward the crowd, shook the boy's hand, and smiled for a photo. "It's an honor when you can do things like that," Ramos said. "I love it." ere is something special about Tony Ramos. Even before one of the biggest moments of his wrestling career, University of Iowa senior Tony Ramos takes time for a Hawkeye fan in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Darren Miller)

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