How will the 2022 postseason separate Hodge Trophy candidates?

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Updated: February 22, 2022

Photo: The only two highly-ranked undefeated wrestlers who could meet in the upcoming conference tournaments would be Penn State’s Nick Lee (left) and Rutgers’ Sebastian Rivera at 141 pounds at the 2022 Big Ten Championships, March 5-6, in Lincoln, Neb. (Photo by Tony Rotundo/WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

By Mike Finn

Over the next month, NCAA Division I wrestlers will vie for conference championships in the first week of March, then go after NCAA titles two weeks later at the NCAA Division I Championships in Detroit, Mich. Those two weekends will also eventually determine which of the current 18 highly-ranked undefeated wrestlers will also capture the 2022 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS.

There are candidates at nine of the ten weights, but the majority of possible head-to-head meetings would not happen until the national tournament. The only possible match-up of undefeated wrestlers would be between Penn State’s defending national champion Nick Lee and Rutgers’ All-American Sebastian Rivera at the Big Ten Championships.

The prestigious award was named after the late Dan Hodge, the three-time (1955-57) NCAA champion from Oklahoma, who never allowed a takedown and pinned 75 percent of his career victims. Scoring bonus points will eventually help determine the eventual Hodge Trophy winner on March 28, when WIN Magazine, Cutlure House and ASICS announces the honoree.

After the regular season, Minnesota heavyweight Gable Steveson — who shared last year’s Trophy with Iowa’s Spencer Lee — has scored bonus points in all of his victories. Missouri’s Keegan O’Toole (165 pounds) has the most falls (6), one ahead of Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix (133), Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis (149) and Arizona State’s Cohlton Schultz (Hwt).

 

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) and major decisions (MD) each wrestler has through Feb. 20. The final column shows the % of matches in which they’ve scored bonus points.

Name School Year W-L Pins TF MD Other Bonus %

125 pounds

Nick Suriano Michigan Sr. 8-0 1 2 4 0 87.5%
Pat Glory Princeton Jr. 13-0 2 2 4 0 61.5%

133 pounds

Roman Bravo-Young Penn State Jr. 14-0 3 4 2 0 64.2%
Daton Fix Oklahoma State Jr. 17-0 5 3 3 0 64.7%

141 pounds

Nick Lee Penn State Sr. 14-0 1 2 5 0 57.1%
Sebastian Rivera Rutgers Gr. 22-0 2 13 4 2 95.4%

149 pounds

Yianni Diakomihalis Cornell Jr. 19-0 5 5 3 1 73.6%
Tariq Wilson NC State Sr. 13-0 1 1 1 0 23%

157 pounds

David Carr Iowa State So. 17-0 4 4 4 0 70.5%
Ryan Deakin Northwestern Gr. 10-0 4 1 1 0 60%
Jacori Teemer Arizona State Jr. 17-0 0 2 3 0 29.4%

165 pounds

Evan Wick Cal Poly Sr. 17-0 0 5 5 1 68.7%
Keegan O’Toole Missouri RSFr. 16-0 6 2 6 0 87.5%

174 pounds

Carter Starocci Penn State RSFr. 15-0 2 5 4 0 73.3%

184 pounds

Aaron Brooks Penn State So. 14-0 3 1 6 0 71.4%
Trent Hidlay NC State So. 15-0 4 3 6 0 86.7%

Heavyweight

Gable Steveson Minnesota Jr. 10-0 1 3 6 0 100%
Cohlton Schultz Arizona State RSFr. 16-0 5 0 5 0 62.5%

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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