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the hodge trophy

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the history

The Dan Hodge Trophy honors the top college wrestler every year. It was established in 1995 and is named after the legendary Dan Hodge, who was an NCAA champion, Olympic medalist, multiple-time NWA champion, and a great ambassador for the sport of wrestling. This trophy is considered the Heisman Trophy of wrestling.

The award was established by longtime journalist and wrestling hall-of-famer Mike Chapman and is presented by WIN Magazine. The Hodge Trophy has been presented to 29 wrestlers in its 27-year history. Two wrestlers won the award in 2001, the only time in the award's history that the trophy has been presented to more than one athlete per year. 

Courtesy of NCAA.com and WIN Magazine

award selection

Originally created to celebrate the pin in college wrestling, the Dan Hodge Trophy is based on seven criteria including record, a number of pins, dominance, past credentials, quality of competition, sportsmanship/citizenship, and heart.

The trophy is based primarily on the results of a single season, but past accomplishments are considered as well, particularly in years where the competition is tighter. 

The winner of the Hodge Trophy is determined based on a voting process that includes previous Hodge members, national media members, retired college coaches from each region of the United States, and a representative of the national wrestling organizations in the country. Fans also have a chance to vote for the Hodge winner, and the athlete with the most fan votes will receive two first-place votes in the count. Voting is typically conducted after the conclusion of the NCAA tournament, and the winner is announced in April.

Courtesy of NCAA.com & WIN Magazine

hodge trophy winners

GABLE STEVESON

MINNESOTA | 285 | SENIOR

2022

SPENCER LEE

IOWA | 125 | JUNIOR

2020

ZAIN RETHERFORD

PENN STATE | 149 | JUNIOR

2017

DAVID TAYLOR

PENN STATE | 165 | SENIOR

2014

JORDAN BURROUGHS

NEBRASKA | 165 | SENIOR

2011

BRENT METCALF

IOWA | 149 | SOPHOMORE

2008

STEVE MOCCO

OKLA. STATE | 285 | JUNIOR

2005

CAEL SANDERSON

IOWA STATE | 197 | SENIOR

2002

CAEL SANDERSON

IOWA STATE | 194 | SOPHOMORE

2000

KERRY McCOY

PENN STATE | 285 | SENIOR

1997

GABLE STEVESON

MINNESOTA | 285 | JUNIOR

2021

BO NICKAL

PENN STATE | 197 | SENIOR

2019

ALEX DIERINGER

OKLA. STATE | 165 | SENIOR

2016

KYLE DAKE

CORNELL | 165 | SENIOR

2013

JAYSON NESS

MINNESOTA | 133 | SENIOR

2010

BEN ASKREN

MISSOURI | 174 | SENIOR

2007

EMMETT WILSON

MS-N | 197 | SENIOR

2004

NICK ACKERMAN

SIMPSON COLLEGE | 174 | SENIOR

2001

STEPHEN NEAL

CSU BAKERSFIELD | 285 | SENIOR

1999

LES GUTCHES

OREGON STATE | 177 | SENIOR

1996

SPENCER LEE

IOWA | 125 | SENIOR

2021

ZAIN RETHERFORD

PENN STATE | 149 | SENIOR

2018

LOGAN STEIBER

OHIO STATE | 141 | SENIOR

2015

DAVID TAYLOR

PENN STATE | 165 | SOPHOMORE

2012

JAKE HERBERT

NORTHWESTERN | 184 | SENIOR

2009

BEN ASKREN

MISSOURI | 174 | JUNIOR

2006

ERIC LARKIN

ARIZONA STATE | 149 | SENIOR

2003

CAEL SANDERSON

IOWA STATE | 184 | JUNIOR

2001

MARK IRONSIDE

IOWA | 134 | SENIOR

1998

T.J. JAWORSKY

NORTH CAROLINA | 134 | SENIOR

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