WIN announces its postseason awards

Updated: May 2, 2012

Wresting Insider Newsmagazine has announced its postseason awards for those individuals who turned in extra-effort moments this past winter.

Washington’s Jordan Rogers captured the Junior Hodge Trophy

Jordan Rogers

From the moment Jordan Rogers started wrestling at the age of four — when he quit the first day — the 182-pound senior from Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., learned to grow from tough moments and become the most dominant high school wrestler this past season.

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Ageless J Robinson of Minnesota named WIN’s Dan Gable Coach of the Year

J Robinson

Minnesota coach J Robinson may be 65 years old but that didn’t stop him from igniting a young Gopher team — that featured seven underclassmen in the starting line-up — to beat Penn State in a dual meet and finish second at the NCAAs where the Gophers scored more points above their seeds than any squad.

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Impact Award winners Clay McEldowney and Billy Baldwin continue their fight against Title IX implications on wrestling

Clay McEldowney

In the 40thanniversary of Title IX and it’s negative impact on the sport of wrestling, Billy Baldwin in his support of Binghamton University and Clay McEldowney, founder of the American Sports Council, continue to remind fans why it is important to continue the fight in preventing the loss of more programs

Billy Baldwin

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Schalles winner Jordan Oliver taught himself to be a pinner at Oklahoma State

Jordan Oliver

Before the native of Easton, Pa., arrived on the Cowboys campus in Stillwater, Okla., he was known more as a takedown artist. With the help of head coach John Smith, the three-time All-American learned to be a better pinner and flattened 19 of 28 victims this past year.

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Jordan Rogers pinned 42 of 42 matches for Junior Schalles

The winner of this year’s Junior Hodge Trophy also earned the award given to the nation’s best high school pinner when he flattened all his foes during the regular season for Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., including all but the one in the first period.

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Penn State broadcaster Jeff Byers named WIN’s Journalist of the Year

Jeff Byers

For the past 22 years, Jeff Byers’ passion for Penn State and the sport of wrestling brought the emotion of the Nittany Lions’ success on radio stations in the State College area.

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