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Updated: January 25, 2022

As of Jan. 25, 2022, there were 25 past NCAA Division I All-American wrestlers who remained undefeated on the 2021-22 season … and are still considered contenders to eventually capture the 2022 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS.

This year’s trophy, created in 1994 by WIN founder Mike Chapman and named after Oklahoma’s late three-time NCAA champion Dan Hodge, will be presented to the nation’s most dominant NCAA Division I wrestler, following the March 17-19 NCAA Championships in Detroit, Mich.

Dan Hodge
three-time NCAA champ (1955-57) Oklahoma

In addition to former Hodge Trophy winners, a retired coach from each region, and national media members, wrestling fans can once again be part of the voting as well. Shortly after the NCAAs, fans will be able to vote online at WIN-Magazine.com with the winner earning five first-place votes.

The criteria for winning the award, in priority order, will include: a wrestler’s record, number of pins, dominance, past credentials, quality of competition, sportsmanship/citizenship and heart. The first three criteria are the primary criteria. The others are secondary criteria used to guide voters in a situation where two finalists have similar statistics.

 

Updated Statistical Look at Notable 2022 Hodge Trophy Candidates

The following list shows wrestlers who have earned All-American status before and are currently undefeated. The list also includes how many pins (P), technical falls (TF), major decisions (MD) and Forfeits/Defauts (F/Def) each wrestler has through Jan. 24. The final column shows the % of matches in which they’ve scored bonus points.

Name School Year W-L Pins TF MD F/Def Bonus %

125 pounds

Vito Arujau Cornell So. 6-0 1 0 4 0 83.3%
Pat Glory Princeton Jr. 6-0 1 1 1 0 50%

133 pounds

Roman Bravo-Young Penn State Jr. 10-0 2 2 2 0 60%
Daton Fix Oklahoma State Jr. 10-0 4 1 3 0 80%
Austin DeSanto Iowa Sr. 12-0 0 8 1 0 75%

141 pounds

Nick Lee Penn State Sr. 10-0 1 2 4 0 70%
Jaydin Eierman Iowa Sr. 12-0 3 0 2 1 50%
Sebastian Rivera Rutgers Gr. 18-0 2 11 3 2 100%

149 pounds

Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell Jr. 11-0 2 4 2 1 81.2%
Tariq Wilson NC State Sr. 7-0 1 0 1 0 28.5%

157 pounds

David Carr Iowa State So. 12-0 4 4 1 0 75%
Ryan Deakin Northwestern Gr. 7-0 2 0 1 0 42.8%
Jacori Teemer Arizona State Jr. 11-0 0 2 2 0 36.3%

165 pounds

Evan Wick Cal Poly Sr. 10-0 0 3 4 0 70%
Keegan O’Toole Missouri RSFr. 14-0 5 2 5 0 85.7%

174 pounds

Carter Starocci Penn State RSFr 13-0 2 5 3 0 76.9%
Michael Kemerer Iowa Gr. 5-0 2 1 0 0 60%
Mekhi Lewis Virginia Tech So. 13-0 3 4 2 0 69.2%
Hayden Hidlay NC State Sr. 7-0 0 3 2 0 71.4%

184 pounds

Aaron Brooks Penn State So. 11-0 2 1 5 0 72.7%
Trent Hidlay NC State So. 8-0 1 2 4 0 87,5%

197 pounds

A.J. Ferrari Oklahoma State RSFr 10-0 2 2 3 0 70%

Heavyweight

Gable Steveson Minnesota Jr. 6-0 0 1 5 0 100%
Cohlton Schultz Arizona State RSFr. 11-0 5 0 3 0 72.7%
Greg Kerkvliet Penn State RSFr. 11-0 3 3 3 0 81.8%

Source: wrestlestat.com

 

All-Time Hodge Trophy Winners

Year Name School
2021 Spencer Lee Iowa
 & Gable Steveson Minnesota
2020 Spencer Lee Iowa
2019 Bo Nickal Penn State
2018 Zain Retherford Penn State
2017 Zain Retherford Penn State
2016 Alex Dieringer Oklahoma State
2015 Logan Stieber Ohio State
2014 David Taylor Penn State
2013 Kyle Dake Cornell U.
2012 David Taylor Penn State
2011 Jordan Burroughs Nebraska
2010 Jayson Ness Minnesota
2009 Jake Herbert Northwestern
2008 Brent Metcalf Iowa
2007 Ben Askren Missouri
2006 Ben Askren Missouri
2005 Steve Mocco Oklahoma State
2004 Emmett Willson Mont. State-Northern
2003 Eric Larkin Arizona State
2002 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
2001 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
& Nick Ackerman Simpson College
2000 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
1999 Stephen Neal CSU Bakersfield
1998 Mark Ironside Iowa
1997 Kerry McCoy Penn State
1996 Les Gutches Oregon State
1995 T.J. Jaworsky North Carolina

 

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