Photo of Hodge Trophy courtesy of WIN Magazine. Photo of mat during 2014 NCAA Div. I Championships finals by Simon Jimenez, Wrestlers Are Warriors.
Five NCAA champions are considered finalists to win the WIN Magazine/C.H. Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS. All had only one loss or fewer during the season.
Fans will once again have the chance to officially vote for the 2014 WIN Magazine/C.H. Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS. Fan votes are due by Friday, Mar. 28 at 5 p.m., CST. Only 1 vote per person.
Click here to vote: http://www.win-magazine.com
For those using social media to promote the vote, the primary hashtag is #TheHodge
Please find the below criteria for selecting the Hodge winner as the most dominant collegiate wrestler. They are the same as in years past.
Hodge Trophy Selection Criteria:
2.) Number of Pins
4.) Quality of Competition
5.) Past Credentials
The order of Hodge Trophy finalists are listed by lightest to heaviest weight classes.
141 pounds — Logan Stieber, Ohio State
The junior from Monroeville, Ohio, became Ohio State’s first three-time NCAA champion when he scored a 10-1 major decision against Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter in Oklahoma City. The Buckeye, who won his first two NCAA titles at 133 pounds, ended his season with a 35-1 record. His bonus-point victories included 12 pins, 12 technical falls and seven major decisions. Stieber’s only loss came against Penn State’s Zain Retherford in December in State College, Pa. Stieber’s career record is 100-6.
157 pounds — Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State
The sophomore from Port Washington, Wisc., earned his second All-American honor and first national championship with a 13-4 major decision against Minnesota’s Dylan Ness in Oklahoma City. The Cowboy finished 37-1 this past season, which included 13 pins, six technical falls and three major decisions. Dieringer’s only loss came against Iowa’s Derek St. John, 2-1, on Jan. 10 in Iowa City. Dieringer’s career record at OSU is 72-4.
165 pounds — David Taylor, Penn State
The senior from St. Paris, Ohio, earned his second NCAA championship when the Nittany Lion defeated Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell, 6-0, in Oklahoma City. The four-time All-American also won an NCAA title in 2012 against Lehigh’s Brandon Hatchett and finished second nationally in both 2011 and 2013. Taylor finished his senior season with a 39-0 record. That included 19 pins, eight technical falls and nine major decisions. Taylor’s career record at Penn State is 139-3.
174 pounds — Chris Perry, Oklahoma State
The senior from Stillwater, Okla., captured his second straight NCAA championship by defeating Oklahoma’s Andrew Howe, 4-0, in Oklahoma City. Perry, who also finished third in 2012 and defeated Penn State’s Matt Brown in the 2013 national championship, finished the season with a 35-1 record. His bonus-point victories included six pins, four technical falls and eight major decisions. Perry’s only loss this season was against Howe, 4-2, on Dec. 1 in Norman, Okla. Perry’s career record at OSU was 127-11.
184 pounds — Ed Ruth, Penn State
The senior from Harrisburg, Pa., became Penn State’s first three-time national champion when he defeated Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock, 7-2, in Oklahoma City. Ruth, who finished third nationally in 2011, also won championships against Stanford’s Nick Amuchastegui in 2012 and Lehigh’s Robert Hamlin in 2013. Ruth finished 39-1 this past season with 12 pins, 10 technical falls and 11 major decisions. Ruth’s only loss this winter came against Cornell’s Gabe Dean, 7-4, in the finals of the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 2. Ruth’s career record at Penn State is 141-3.
To see a complete listing of this season’s matches for each guy, go to the NWCA’s site at the link below, and set the filters up to provide the Top 10 in wins for a respective weight class, then click on the Hodge finalist’s name. All-Star meet results ARE NOT included on their official record, however the committee has taken them into consideration in past years: