2021 Hodge Rankings Update #3

2021 Hodge Rankings Update #3

Now closing in on the final stretch of the season, who is still in contention to win the Dan Hodge Trophy?

Feb 22, 2021 by James Rader
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Daton Fix has arrived. The Cowboy went 4-0 at the Cowboy Challenge Tournament with three falls and added another pin to his record after Bedlam on Sunday. However, he stays below Gable Steveson because of Gable's superior strength of schedule.

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Daton Fix has arrived. The Cowboy went 4-0 at the Cowboy Challenge Tournament with three falls and added another pin to his record after Bedlam on Sunday. However, he stays below Gable Steveson because of Gable's superior strength of schedule.

Roman Bravo-Young jumped up five spots with a tech fall over Jordan Decatur raising his dominance score to four. Mikey Labriola moved ahead of Sebastian Rivera with a major decision over Trey Sizemore. Right below Labriola is now Ryan Deakin with his impressive 12-0 major over Brayton Lee.

Coming in at #17 and #18 is Greg Kerkvliet and Aaron Brooks respectively. Kerkvliet only be 2-0 going into Big Tens but with Gable and Mason Parris at his weight, he still has a good shot at winning the Hodge Trophy if he can dominate that bracket and the NCAA bracket. Brooks has been a major decision machine this season.

A reminder - the Dan Hodge Trophy uses seven criteria when determining the season's best wrestler. They are presented below in the order of importance. 

  1. Record

  2. Number of pins

  3. Dominance

  4. Past credentials

  5. Quality of competition

  6. Sportsmanship/citizenship

  7. Heart

Below you will find the rankings along with an explanation and some numbers. The dominance score is an average of how many team points a wrestler accrues every time they step on the mat. 

This is not a prediction or a ranking of wrestlers in pound-for-pound order as that can be found HERE. This is a ranking of who is having the best season so far following the above criteria. 

 NameSchoolWeightYearRecordPreviousNumber Of PinsBonus Rate

Dominance Score

1Spencer LeeIowa125SR4-014100%6
2Gable StevesonMinnesota285JR9-023100%5.22
3Daton FixOklahoma State133SO5-0NR4100%5.8
4Mason ParrisMichigan285JR6-033100%5.16
5Jaydin EiermanIowa141SR5-04380%5
6David CarrIowa State157SO12-05383%4.66
7Tanner SloanSouth Dakota State197SO13-06390%5
8Keegan O'TooleMissouri165FR9-07377%4.88
9Sammy SassoOhio State149SO9-08344%4.22
10Hayden HidlayNC State157SR7-09271%4.57
11Austin O'ConnorNorth Carolina149JR6-010283%4.5
12Michael KemererIowa174SR4-011175%4.25
13Austin DesantoIowa133SR5-0120100%4.8
14Nick LeePenn State141SR6-013083%4.16
15Roman Bravo-YoungPenn State133JR6-020150%4
16Mikey LabriolaNebraska174JR8-015162%3.87
17Greg KerkvlietPenn State285FR2-0NR2100%6
18Aaron BrooksPenn State184SO6-0NR083%4
19Ryan DeakinNorthwestern157SR3-021066%4
20Sebastian RiveraNorthwestern141SR4-014075%3.75
21Shane GriffithStanford165SO5-016080%3.8
22Alex MarinelliIowa165SR2-01700%3
23Eric SchultzNebraska197SR7-018042%3.57
24Allan HartMissouri141JR9-019144%3.88
25Hunter BolenVirginia Tech184JR7-022057%4.14
26Brock MaullerMissouri149JR13-023023%3.23