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WIN’s Award Winners for 2013-14
Last month, Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine announced that Penn State’s David Taylor earned the Dan Hodge Trophy — sponsored by WIN and Culture House and presented by ASICS — as the nation’s most dominant college wrestler of 2013-14.
With that in mind, WIN is now happy to announce its other major award winners whose stories will appear in the next issue of WIN set to mail on May 22. To read more about these award winners, subscribe to WIN by calling 888-305-0606 or by going on-line at WIN-magazine.com.
Junior Dan Hodge Trophy
Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale High School, Fawn Grove, Pa.
Marsteller became the 11th all-time high school wrestler from the state of Pennsylvania to win four state championships this past March, despite wrestling with a stress fracture in his back. Marsteller, who competed at 170 pounds this season, compiled a 166-0 career high school record and will soon enroll at Oklahoma State University.
Mike Chapman Impact Award
The former Cal Poly wrestler Martin Floreani first appeared in 2006 with his new website, specializing in providing video from many national and international events. Nearly eight years later, FloWrestling has become a trailblazer in the sport for a place to go to not only watch highlights but also in-depth features and profiles packaged in an extremely professional manner that promotes the sport and builds engagement with fans.
Dan Gable Coach of the Year
Tim Flynn, Edinboro
It matters little to Flynn, who just finished his 16th year at this Western Pennsylvania school, that Edinboro is one-fourth the size of many of the other schools in NCAA Division I. Instead, the former Penn State All-American continues to produce All-Americans — including three this past March who will all return in 2014-15 — and led the Fighting Scots to its highest-ever NCAA finish of fifth place in Oklahoma City.
Taylor Walsh, Indiana
Walsh, a junior from New Jersey, came up short in his bid to earn All-American honors for the Hoosiers, but the 157-pounder took pride in leading the nation’s college wrestlers with 25 pins. Setting the Indiana record for pins, Walsh even pinned 15 straight opponents early this past season. Walsh said he expects to move up to 165 or 174 pounds next winter for his final season in Bloomington, Ind.
Junior Schalles Award
Brandon Womack, Scottsboro (Ala.) High School
The 160-pound high school senior had set plenty of goals when he was younger, including becoming the first wrestler within his state to win six state championships and capture an NHSCA national championship. But Womack also wanted to wrestle on the NCAA Division I level and felt he needed to improve his pin totals. He did that by flattening 66 foes in an undefeated 77-0 season.
WIN’s Journalist of the Year
John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com
The photographer and website creator from Petaluma, Calif., took on the mentality of a wrestler with high goals back in 2002 when his son Albert graduated from high school. Since then, Sachs has fulfilled his personal goal of shooting two Olympic Games for many national publications like WIN and also continues to promote wrestling in the his adoptive state of California.
Check out the latest issue of WIN to read more about these award winners, WIN’s final recruiting rankings, what preps were named the High School Wrestlers of the Year in their states by WIN and the 9th annual “WINNIES,” the special somewhat humor-laden awards created by WIN columnist Kyle Klingman.