2017 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy Fan Vote, Presented by ASICS

Updated: March 20, 2017

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2017 Hodge Fan Vote Update; 2016 Hodge Finalists Stat Breakdown & Vote Recap on step 3 page

Fan voting for the 2017 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy has begun. The Hodge Trophy is the top award in college wrestling and has been presented annually since 1994 to the nation’s most dominant collegiate wrestler.

The award is named after Dan Hodge, the former three-time (1955-57) NCAA champion from the University of Oklahoma, who did not allow a takedown in his career and pinned 36 of 46 victims.

Voting Criteria

Criteria for the award include:

  1. A wrestler’s record;
  2. Number of pins;
  3. Dominance on the mat;
  4. Quality of competition;
  5. Past credentials;
  6. Sportsmanship/citizenship; and
  7. Heart.

The first four criteria are the primary criteria. Number of pins is an extremely important criteria. Part of the reason the award was created was to elevate the importance of the pin, and to motivate top collegians to go for the fall. The Hodge Trophy is a single-season award. However, if you have two candidates who are virtually equal, consideration can be given to past credentials, which is criteria No. 5. The last two criteria should be used to help guide voters to select a winner who also is a good representative of the sport.

For the fourth straight year, fans are being asked to help select the winner from the four finalists. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 28th. The winner of the fan vote will earn two first-place votes among the total ballots from a group of formal voters which includes each former Hodge Trophy winner, national media, representatives of national wrestling organizations and retired former college coaches from different regions.

The deadline for your vote is this Friday, March 24, at 5:00 pm CST.

The 2017 Finalists

The following is a statistical breakdown, in alphabetical order, of the four finalists.

J’den Cox

197 pounds, Missouri, Senior, Columbia, Mo.

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point % Career Record
28-0 6 6 7 67.9 136-5

Three-time Champion: 2014, 2016, 2017 and four-time All-American (5th in 2015)



Jason Nolf

157 pounds, Penn State, Sophomore, Yatesboro, Pa.

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point % Career Record
27-0 14 8 3 92.6 60-2

2017 Champion and two-time All-American (2nd in 2016)



Zain Retherford

149 pounds, Penn State, Junior, Benton, Pa.

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point % Career Record
28-0 17 7 1 92.9* 95-3

Two-time champion (2016 and 2017) and three-time All-American (5th in 2014)
*28-0 record includes 1 forfeit.


Kyle Snyder

Heavyweight, Ohio State, Junior, Woodbine, Md.

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point % Career Record
17-0 4 5 4 76.5 58-4

Two-time Champion (2016 and 2017) and three-time All-American (2nd in 2015)






  1. BRAD

    March 20, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    ZAINS wins.

  2. Bill Nixon

    March 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    With the DESTRUCTION of Lavigne Mayes, that put an exclamation point on his 2016/2017 season. Watching Zain on the mat is like watching Springsteen on stage. PURE ENERGY.

  3. Michael Skrzenski

    March 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Zain the Train. Should be his 2nd.

  4. Dan Hall

    March 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    The Zain Train was unstoppable this year!

  5. Rick

    March 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Zane train just steamroller through the NCAAs

  6. DSchultz_86

    March 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Z Train all the way!

  7. Robin Ficker

    March 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Kyle by a mile!

  8. Bonecrusher

    March 21, 2017 at 1:39 am

    co-hodge ..been done before Retheford -Nolf……Cox is great but if he wins would be like Joe Gordon getting 1942 A.L. MVP over Ted Williams who won triple crown that year

  9. Larry Childress

    March 21, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Zane was incredible in the NCAA’s

  10. Ken

    March 21, 2017 at 5:51 am

    “I hear that train a comin’, it’s comin’ round the bend.”

  11. Scott

    March 21, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Yes, 2017 should be Zain’s 2nd Hodge. He appears to be as great a person as he is a wrestler. Couldn’t ask for a better representative for wrestling and college athletics.

  12. Joe Fick

    March 21, 2017 at 6:34 am

    I have been able to see Zain grow from Jr High and up I have coached against him and my son used to workout with him at Blue Mt. high school at their wrestling club and to see the great strides he has taken is awesome. He has a great family, he is polite and respectful to all. He is well deserving of this award. Congratulations Zain on all you have accomplished!!!

  13. Sam Vafiadis

    March 21, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Unrelenting dominance from Zane Retherford.

  14. Scott

    March 21, 2017 at 7:06 am

    All great wrestlers but one stands alone. Zane!

  15. Dave Treaster

    March 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I’m surprised Nolf is not 2nd

  16. T.Wags

    March 21, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Zain is a monster . Total domination great to watch !!

  17. Susan

    March 21, 2017 at 9:18 am

    “Zainiac” is the clear choice!!!

  18. Robert W. Watson

    March 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

    My vote was for Zain Retherford — the four nominees are outstanding young men who represent the sport in a very positive way. I rated them as follows:
    Retherford, Cox, Nolf and Dean.

    • Donkeylips

      March 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Dean? He lost to Nickal in the finals? He’s not even listed.

  19. Matt

    March 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

    All of the candidates are tremendous athletes and incredible to watch. My vote goes to Kyle, the only candidate who consistently beats guys 60+ pounds heavier than him!!! (Anyone else wrestle “up” 10 weight classes?)

  20. Brian

    March 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

    To me it is a tossup, I think J’Den is the better candidate but on pin criteria it is Zain. I voted for J’Den because I know the kind of young man and rep he is for this sport. All 4 are tremendous athletes and worthy of recognition

  21. Chris

    March 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    It was a tough decision but in my opinion 1.Zain 2.Nolf 3.Cox 4.Snyder Zain leads every catagory Nolf right behind although Snyder beats Cox on bonus point % Cox’s % is lower because he wrestled 11 more matches then Snyder. Snyder could have been 1. but he has other things going on outside of college and that is what the Hodge award is for not international.

  22. Ric Edwards

    March 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    No one came within 6 points of Nolf, 92.6% bonus rate too. None if the other candidates could say that.

  23. Franklin Herman

    March 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Very happy to see that I’m not alone in recognizing that Zain’s 2017 NCAA championship put an exclamation mark on his performance this year. In particular, I don’t believe I have ever seen such a dominant NCAA performance.

  24. Kathleen Gille

    March 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Snyder should win it. He won NCAA last year, he did not take an Olympic red shirt, won the gold medal and came back and wrestled this year and won again. Also he is an average of 50 lbs lighter than others in his weight class. He is the ultimate wrestler!

  25. Craig

    March 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Zain is all heart

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