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Hodge Trophy winner to be announced March 28
March 20, 2013
NEWTON, Iowa — WIN magazine, a co-sponsor of the Dan Hodge Trophy with Culture House and presented by ASICS, announced today that the winner of this year’s prestigious award will be announced on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Following the end of the 2013 NCAA Nationals, which will be held March 21-13, a voting committee made up of national media members and past Hodge Trophy winners, will vote on this year’s most dominant wrestler.
The Dan Hodge Trophy, which was created by WIN founder Mike Chapman, is named after the legendary Oklahoma University wrestler Dan Hodge, a three-time national champion (1955-57) who never allowed a takedown in his college career. He also pinned 36 of his 46 victims. Criteria for the award include a wrestler’s record, number of pins, dominance on the mat, past credentials, quality of competition, sportsmanship/citizenship and heart.
Entering the 2013 NCAA Championships, there are eight wrestlers who are undefeated and considered finalists to win this year’s award. Their records include matches from the NWCA All-Star Classic, which was held in Washington, DC, on Nov. 3, 2012.
By weight class, they include:
125 — Alan Waters (Missouri), 29-0, 7 pins
133 — Logan Stieber (Ohio State), 22-0, 12 pins
141 — Kendric Maple (Oklahoma), 25-0, 6 pins
141 — Hunter Stieber (Ohio State), 31-0, 4 pins
149 — Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State), 33-0, 17 pins
165 — Kyle Dake (Cornell), 32-0, 18 pins
184 — Ed Ruth (Penn State), 28-0, 10 pins
184 — Ben Bennett (Central Michigan). 27-0, 4 pins
197 — Dustin Kilgore (Kent State), 39-0, 18 pins
Past winners include:
Year Name School
1995 T.J. Jaworsky North Carolina
1996 Les Gutches Oregon State
1997 Kerry McCoy Penn State
1998 Mark Ironside Iowa
1999 Stephen Neal Cal State Bakersfield
2000 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
2001 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
2001 Nick Ackerman Simpson College
2002 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
2003 Eric Larkin Arizona State
2004 Emmett Willson Mont. St.-Northern
2005 Steve Mocco Oklahoma State
2006 Ben Askren Missouri
2007 Ben Askren Missouri
2008 Brent Metcalf Iowa
2009 Jake Herbert Northwestern
2010 Jayson Ness Minnesota
2011 Jordan Burroughs Nebraska
2012 David Taylor Penn State