2019 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy Fan Vote

Updated: March 25, 2019

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Fan voting for the 2019 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.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 2nd. 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 29, at 5:00 pm CST.

The 2019 Finalists

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

Anthony Ashnault

149 pounds, Rutgers, Senior, South Plainfield, N.J.

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point %
32-0 8 4 7 59%





Yianni Diakomihalis

141 pounds, Cornell, Sophomore, Rochester, New York

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point %
29-0 7 5 5 59%





Bo Nickal

197 pounds, Penn State, Senior, Allen, Texas

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point %
30-0 18 3 6 90%





Jason Nolf

157 pounds, Penn State, Senior, Yatesboro, Pennsylvania

Record Pins TF MD Bonus Point %
31-0 15 5 6 87%




Thank you for vote and your interest in the 2019 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS. Bo Nickal has won the 2019 Hodge Fan Vote, and will be awarded 2 Official First-Place Ballots towards the 2019 Hodge selection from the Hodge Trophy Voting Committee made up of past Hodge winners, media, a representative of the national wrestling organizations and a retired college coach from each region.

The Hodge announcement will be made on Monday, April 1. If you elected to get e-mail updates on the Hodge when voting, it will be sent to you, else please check back to our website for the Hodge announcement story.