Dan Hodge Trophy

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The Dan Hodge Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding college wrestler of the year.[1] The trophy is given each season to the nation's best college wrestler by W.I.N. Magazine (Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine) and Culture House. It is the wrestling equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.[1] The Hodge Trophy was created by Mike Chapman, founder of WIN magazine and Culture House, a company that produces books and posters. Chapman also wrote the 2010 biography of Hodge called "Oklahoma Shooter: The Dan Hodge Story". The first winner was T.J. Jaworsky of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.

The Hodge Trophy is named after Danny Hodge,[1] an outstanding wrestler for the University of Oklahoma from 1955 to 1957. Hodge was a three-time NCAA champion who went undefeated, with a record of 46-0, in intercollegiate competition.

There have been three multiple winners of the Hodge Trophy. The first was Cael Sanderson, who won the award three times, the second was Ben Askren, who won the award two times, and David Taylor, who also won the award two times.

Award criteria[edit]

The trophy is awarded based on seven criteria:[1][2] 1. Record 2. Number of pins 3. Dominance 4. Past credentials 5. Quality of competition 6. Sportsmanship/citizenship 7. Heart

Winners[edit]

See footnote[1]
Year Wrestler Weight Class School
1995 T.J. Jaworsky
134
North Carolina
1996 Les Gutches
177
Oregon State
1997 Kerry McCoy
285
Penn State
1998 Mark Ironside
134
Iowa
1999 Stephen Neal
285
Cal State Bakersfield
2000 Cael Sanderson
184
Iowa State
2001 Cael Sanderson (tie)
184
Iowa State
2001 Nick Ackerman (tie)
174
Simpson College
2002 Cael Sanderson
197
Iowa State
2003 Eric Larkin
149
Arizona State
2004 Emmett Willson
197
Montana State University - Northern
2005 Steve Mocco[3]
285
Oklahoma State
2006 Ben Askren
174
Missouri
2007 Ben Askren
174
Missouri
2008 Brent Metcalf[4]
149
Iowa
2009 Jake Herbert[5]
184
Northwestern
2010 Jayson Ness[6][7]
133
Minnesota
2011 Jordan Burroughs
165
Nebraska
2012 David Taylor[8]
165
Penn State
2013 Kyle Dake [9]
165
Cornell
2014 David Taylor
165
Penn State

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Dan Hodge Trophy". WIN-Magazine.com. WIN Magazine. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  2. ^ "History of the Dan Hodge Trophy". International Wrestling Institute and Museum website. Retrieved 2009-02-08. [dead link]
  3. ^ Van Kley, Bryan (April 2005). "Steve Mocco, 2005 Hodge Trophy winner". WIN-Magazine.com. WIN Magazine. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Brent Metcalf, 2008 Hodge Trophy winner". WIN-Magazine.com. WIN Magazine. March 28, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Jake Herbert, 2009 Hodge Trophy winner". WIN-Magazine.com. WIN Magazine. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  6. ^ "Jayson Ness Wins Hodge Trophy". University of Minnesota Athletics. March 26, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Jayson Ness Wins Hodge Trophy". TheGuillotine.com. March 26, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Travis (March 24, 2012). "Penn State's Taylor is just third soph to win the Hodge: The 165-pounder is the first Nittany Lion since 1997 to capture wrestling's Heisman". Centre Daily Times. Philly.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. "[David Taylor and fellow sophomore Ed Ruth are] the first teammates to finish one-two in the trophy's 17-year history. [Their teammate, senior Frank Molinaro,] was third in Hodge Trophy balloting." 
  9. ^ "Kyle Dake wins 2013 Dan Hodge Trophy". WIN-Magazine.com. WIN Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 

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