Most head-to-head meetings of top candidates will come in postseason

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Updated: February 8, 2022

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.

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

125 pounds

Nick Suriano Michigan Sr. 6-0 0 2 3 0 83.3%
Pat Glory Princeton Jr. 10-0 2 2 2 0 60%

133 pounds

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%

141 pounds

Nick Lee Penn State Sr. 13-0 1 2 5 0 61.5%
Sebastian Rivera Rutgers Gr. 20-0 2 11 4 2 95%

149 pounds

Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell Jr. 18-0 5 5 3 1 77.8%
Tariq Wilson NC State Sr. 10-0 1 1 1 0 30%

157 pounds

David Carr Iowa State So. 15-0 4 4 3 0 73.3%
Ryan Deakin Northwestern Gr. 8-0 2 1 1 0 50%
Jacori Teemer Arizona State Jr. 15-0 0 2 3 0 33.3%

165 pounds

Evan Wick Cal Poly Sr. 13-0 0 3 5 1 69.2%
Keegan O’Toole Missouri RSFr. 15-0 5 2 5 0 80%

174 pounds

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%

184 pounds

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%

197 pounds

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

Heavyweight

Gable Steveson Minnesota Jr. 9-0 1 2 6 0 100%
Cohlton Schultz Arizona State RSFr. 14-0 5 0 5 0 71.4%

 

Source: wrestlestat.com

 

All-Time Hodge Winners/Announcement Stories/Winner’s Stats

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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