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Most head-to-head meetings of top candidates will come in postseason
With only two weeks left in the regular season, here is a listing of the undefeated All-Americans, who are considered in the running to win the 2022 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS.
While it appears that future head-to-head meetings between these wrestlers will happen in the postseason, the scheduled Jan. 20 dual between Virginia Tech and NC State could set up a match between Tech’s Mekhi Lewis vs. the Wolfpack’s Hayden Hidlay at 174 pounds.
The Hodge Trophy, which will be presented after the 2022 NCAA Division I Championships in Detroit, March 17-19, 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.
When it comes to choosing this year’s winner, former Hodge Trophy winners, a retired coach from each region, national media members … and 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.
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 Feb. 8, 2022. The list also includes how many pins (P), technical falls (TF), major decisions (MD) and Forfeits/Defauts (F/Def). The final column shows the % of matches in which they’ve scored bonus points.
|Roman Bravo-Young||Penn State||Jr.||13-0||3||3||2||0||61.5%|
|Daton Fix||Oklahoma State||Jr.||14-0||5||2||3||0||71.4%|
|Nick Lee||Penn State||Sr.||13-0||1||2||5||0||61.5%|
|Tariq Wilson||NC State||Sr.||10-0||1||1||1||0||30%|
|David Carr||Iowa State||So.||15-0||4||4||3||0||73.3%|
|Jacori Teemer||Arizona State||Jr.||15-0||0||2||3||0||33.3%|
|Evan Wick||Cal Poly||Sr.||13-0||0||3||5||1||69.2%|
|Carter Starocci||Penn State||RSFr||14-0||2||5||3||0||71.4%|
|Mekhi Lewis||Virginia Tech||So.||15-0||3||5||2||0||66.7%|
|Hayden Hidlay||NC State||Sr.||10-0||1||3||2||0||60%|
|Aaron Brooks||Penn State||So.||14-0||3||1||6||0||71.4%|
|Trent Hidlay||NC State||So.||12-0||4||2||5||0||91.6%|
|A.J. Ferrari||Oklahoma State||RSFr||10-0||2||2||3||0||70%|
|Cohlton Schultz||Arizona State||RSFr.||14-0||5||0||5||0||71.4%|
All-Time Hodge Winners/Announcement Stories/Winner’s Stats
|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|
|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|
|1997||Kerry McCoy||Penn State|
|1996||Les Gutches||Oregon State|
|1995||T.J. Jaworsky||North Carolina|