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Final Dan Hodge Award Rankings Before NCAA Finals

Final Dan Hodge Award Rankings Before NCAA Finals

It all comes down to this. Two clear front runners with 12 total wrestlers still in contention for the Dan Hodge Award Trophy.

Mar 20, 2021 by JD Rader
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It all comes down to this: the NCAA finals. In my opinion, only undefeated NCAA champions should be in consideration for the Dan Hodge Trophy Award. So, this year we have two clear front runners with 12 total wrestlers still with at least a shot at winning the most coveted award in NCAA wrestling.

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It all comes down to this: the NCAA finals. In my opinion, only undefeated NCAA champions should be in consideration for the Dan Hodge Trophy Award. So, this year we have two clear front runners with 12 total wrestlers still with at least a shot at winning the most coveted award in NCAA wrestling.

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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. 

 NameSchoolWeightYearRecordPreviousNumber Of PinsBonus Rate

Dominance Score

1Spencer LeeIowa125SR11-015100%5.18
2Gable StevesonMinnesota285JR15-02493%4.93
3Daton FixOklahoma State133SO13-03684%4.92
4Jaydin EiermanIowa141SR12-04666%4.75
5David CarrIowa State157SO19-05468%4.31
6Jesse DellavecchiaRider157SR11-0NR460%4.6
7Sammy SassoOhio State149SO16-07543%4.12
8Michael KemererIowa174SR11-010263%4.18
9Austin O'ConnorNorth Carolina149JR12-09250%3.83
10Aaron BrooksPenn State184SO13-0NR053%3.69
11Roman Bravo-YoungPenn State133JR13-0NR138%3.69
12Brandon CourtneyArizona State125JR15-0NR053%3.6