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Who were top bonus-point scorers through January?

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Updated: February 1, 2022

Photo: Minnesota’s Gable Steveson (left), the 2021 Hodge Trophy co-winner, and Sebastian Rivera of Rutgers have earned bonus points in all of their matches this season.

As the calendar turns to February, it’s time for the sport’s stars to start focusing on winning a national championship, March 19, in Detroit. It is also a good time to see what NCAA Division I wrestlers are still candidates to win the 2022 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS.

As January ended, there were 21 past All-Americans who were undefeated and considered candidates to win this year’s trophy that will be presented to the nation’s most dominant NCAA Division I wrestler a little over a week following the March 17-19 NCAA Championships in Detroit, Mich.

The Hodge Trophy was created by WIN founder Mike Chapman and named after Oklahoma’s late three-time NCAA champion Dan Hodge (1955-57). 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.

Among these current wrestlers, two have scored bonus points in all of their victories. One is Minnesota heavyweight Gable Steveson, the co-winner of the 2021 Hodge Trophy (with Iowa’s Spencer Lee). The other is Rutgers’ Sebastian Rivera (141), who has recorded 11 technical falls. Missouri’s Keegan O’Toole (165) and Arizona State heavyweight Cohlton Schultz are leading candidates in most pins, which is extremely important as voters have always strongly considered the number of falls it being the second criteria. Each have pinned five opponents.

When it comes to choosing this year’s winner, as in the past, all former Hodge Trophy winners get a vote, as does a retired coach from each region and national media members. The official Fan Vote on WIN’s website will then add the final five first-place votes into overall total which designates the winner.

 

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 as of February 1. The list also includes how many pins (P), technical falls (TF), major decisions (MD) and Forfeits/Defaults (F/Def) each wrestler has through Jan. 30. The final column shows the % of matches in which they’ve scored bonus points.

NameSchoolYearW-LPinsTFMDF/DefBonus %

125 pounds

Vito ArujauCornellSo.8-0115087.5%
Pat GloryPrincetonJr.8-0221062.5%

133 pounds

Roman Bravo-YoungPenn StateJr.11-0222054.5%
Daton FixOklahoma StateJr.12-0413066.7%

141 pounds

Nick LeePenn StateSr.11-0124063.6%
Sebastian RiveraRutgersGr.18-021132100%

149 pounds

Yianni DiakomihalisCornellJr.15-0442173.3%
Tariq WilsonNC StateSr.9-0111033.3%

157 pounds

David CarrIowa StateSo.14-0442075%
Ryan DeakinNorthwesternGr.8-0211050%
Jacori TeemerArizona StateJr.13-0022030.7%

165 pounds

Evan WickCal PolySr.12-0034166.7%
Keegan O’TooleMissouriRSFr.14-0525085.7%

174 pounds

Carter StarocciPenn StateRSFr14-0253071.4%
Mekhi LewisVirginia TechSo.14-0352071.4%
Hayden HidlayNC StateSr.8-0032062.5%

184 pounds

Aaron BrooksPenn StateSo.12-0215071.4%
Trent HidlayNC StateSo.10-0324090%

197 pounds

A.J. FerrariOklahoma StateRSFr10-0223070%

Heavyweight

Gable StevesonMinnesotaJr.7-00160100%
Cohlton SchultzArizona StateRSFr.12-0503071.4%

 

Source: wrestlestat.com

 

All-Time Hodge Trophy Winners – Hodge Announcement Story/Season Stats

YearNameSchool
2021Spencer LeeIowa
 &Gable StevesonMinnesota
2020Spencer LeeIowa
2019Bo NickalPenn State
2018Zain RetherfordPenn State
2017Zain RetherfordPenn State
2016Alex DieringerOklahoma State
2015Logan StieberOhio State
2014David TaylorPenn State
2013Kyle DakeCornell U.
2012David TaylorPenn State
2011Jordan BurroughsNebraska
2010Jayson NessMinnesota
2009Jake HerbertNorthwestern
2008Brent MetcalfIowa
2007Ben AskrenMissouri
2006Ben AskrenMissouri
2005Steve MoccoOklahoma State
2004Emmett WillsonMont. State-Northern
2003Eric LarkinArizona State
2002Cael SandersonIowa State
2001Cael SandersonIowa State
&Nick AckermanSimpson College
2000Cael SandersonIowa State
1999Stephen NealCSU Bakersfield
1998Mark IronsideIowa
1997Kerry McCoyPenn State
1996Les GutchesOregon State
1995T.J. JaworskyNorth Carolina

 

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