2023 Dan Hodge Trophy Award Rankings

2023 Dan Hodge Trophy Rankings

As a reminder, the Dan Hodge Trophy has set criteria to determine who the winner should be.

Hodge Trophy Voting Criteria:

1 – Record

2 – Dominance/Bonus-Point Percentage

3 – Quality of Competition

4 – Sportsmanship

What a wild finish to the Dan Hodge Trophy Award race. Six undefeated champions and only one of them, Carter Starocci, was preseason ranked #1.

It's incredibly tight between the top three. However, I'm giving a slight edge to Mason Parris as he has the most amount of matches, the highest number of pins, and had to beat both Greg Kerkvliet and Anthony Cassioppi multiple times this year. His NCAA semifinal win over Cassioppi was a dominant 16-1 tech fall.

Starocci, Austin O'Connor, and Andrew Alirez all gave up a takedown this season. If one of them hadn't, that might have been enough to push them over the top given their very slightly higher bonus percentage (although Parris does have a higher dominance score than O'Connor). O'Connor gets a slight bump over Starocci and Alirez for having an ever so slightly tougher schedule in my opinion with wins over Andonian X2 (including a major), Haines, Humphries, and Scott.

Pat Glory, and Nino Bonaccorsi round out the final six. Glory's NCAA run and the fact that he won the bracket with Spencer Lee in it make things interesting, but Starocci actually scored the most individual team points of anyone at NCAAs (24) with his pins over Mikey Labriola and John Worthing. 

Will the voters agree with me?

RankNameSchoolWeightYearPreviousRecordPinsBonus RateDominance Score
1Mason ParrisMichigan285Senior333-01163%4.39
2Austin O'ConnorNorth Carolina157Senior422-0468%4.22
3Carter StarocciPenn State174Junior524-0466%4.12
4Andrew AlirezNorthern Colorado141Junior727-0770%4.4
5Pat GloryPrinceton125Senior1125-0444%3.84
6Nino BonaccorsiPitt197Senior1021-0033%3.38