2019 Hodge Trophy Finalists Announced

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WIN Magazine just announced the four finalists for the 2019 Hodge Trophy, the most prestigious individual postseason award in college wrestling. The following wrestlers are all still eligible to win the coveted Hodge:

Bo Nickal (Penn State) 

Jason Nolf (Penn State)

Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)

Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers)

The official Hodge criteria are as follows: 

  1. A wrestlers record
  2. Number of pins
  3. Dominance on the mat
  4. Past credentials
  5. Quality of competition
  6. Sportsmanship/Citizenship
  7. Heart

All four finalists are undefeated national champions. The criteria explicitly emphasize pins and dominance, so voters will have to decide which resume is more impressive. 

Nolf and Nickal would appear to hold the advantage in that regard, as Nolf has 15 pins and 26 bonus wins in 31 matches (for an 87% bonus rate), while Nickal has 18 pins and 27 bonus wins in 30 matches (a 90% bonus rate). 

Our own Daniel Lobdell broke down the Hodge race as it stood before the NCAA tournament and pretty much nailed the finalists, as the top four on his leader board that also won NCAA titles are all represented in the official finalist field. 

The Hodge has been awarded since 1995. A list of past winners can be found here. Fans can vote for their pick to win here

#1 Iowa Handles Nebraska, 31-6

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#1 Iowa cemented they would be  the team to beat this year with a dominant performance against the 6th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.  

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All Business! US Women Ball Out In France!

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Team USA had high expectations for its women heading into day one of competition at the Henri Deglane Grand Prix in Nice, France. Their performance was outstanding. The US racked up four gold medals, three silvers, and a bronze. Here's a breakdown of the action from France.

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Henri Deglane Men's Freestyle Bracket Reactions

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Men's freestyle brackets dropped for the Henri Deglane, a one day tournament in Nice, France, and we've got reactions to them!

#1 Nick Feldman Commits To Ohio State

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The nation's top-ranked 220-pounder and fifth-ranked wrestler in the class of 2022, Nick Feldman, announced his committed to Ohio State tonight. 

USA Women Receive Henri Deglane Draws

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Three days of world-class international wrestling kick off tomorrow at the Henri Deglane in Nice, France. The women will start things off, and we now have brackets. Here are the draws for Team USA.

USA Wrestling Releases Draft Eligible 68 kg Women For Captains' Cup

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The Captains' Cup, an event featuring many of the best women in the United States, is right around the corner. Teams for the event will be decided by a draft, and USA Wrestling has just released the athletes who are eligible to be drafted at 68 kg.

FRL 598 - Burroughs vs Taylor Breakdown & Penn State Media Day

598. Burroughs vs Taylor Breakdown

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On episode 598 of FRL, Ben and Bray recap the action from Jordan Burroughs vs David Taylor, react to Penn State media day, and preview the weekend’s action.

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Match Of The Millennium: Burroughs vs Taylor Match Notes

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It's finally here. We're really doing it. 

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Bader Show: Mia Palumbo's College Commitment

Mia Palumbo's College Commitment

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Double Fargo champ Mia Palumbo joins the show to make her college commitment and talk about her wrestling career.

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FRL 597 - Burroughs-Taylor, Nebraska-Iowa, Henri Deglane Predictions

597. Burroughs-Taylor Predictions

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On episode 597 of FRL, the boys make predictions for Burroughs-Taylor, Nebraska-Iowa, and the Henri Deglane.

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