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A Look at the Notable College Wrestlers Without a Hodge Trophy

Cox, JDen

photo courtesy of John Sachs; Tech-Fall.com

Earlier this week we detailed and ranked the last ten Hodge Trophy performances, since Penn State’s Bo Nickal was the 2019 recipient. Much has been made about how Jason Nolf will go down as a three-time NCAA Champion and one of the great collegiate wrestlers of his time, yet never a Hodge winner. We’ve went back to 1995, the first year the Hodge was awarded, and listed some of the most notable collegiate wrestlers that did not win the trophy.

2019

Jason Nolf (Penn State)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American, Four-time NCAA Finalist, Two-time Big Ten Champion, Three-time Big Ten finalist—2019 Winner Bo Nickal (Penn State)

2018

Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American, Four-time NCAA Finalist, Three-time Big Ten Champion, Four-time Big Ten finalist; 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Two-time World Champion, 2018 World Silver Medalist—2018 Winner Zain Retherford (Penn State)

2017

J’Den Cox (Missouri)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 5th, 1st), Four-time MAC Champion; 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2017 World Bronze Medalist, 2018 World Champion—2017 Winner Zain Retherford (Penn State)

2014

Ed Ruth (Penn State)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd), Four-time Big Ten Champion, 2014 World Team Member—2014 Winner David Taylor (Penn State)

2013

Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American (4th, 1st, 2nd, 1st), Three-time NCAA Finalist, Four-time Big 12 Champion—2013 Winner Kyle Dake (Cornell)

2010

Jake Varner (Iowa State)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American, Four-time NCAA Finalist, Two-time Big 12 Champion, Four-time Big 12 Finalist; 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2011 World Bronze Medalist, Four-time World/Olympic Team Member—2010 Winner Jayson Ness (Minnesota)

2007

Cole Konrad (Minnesota)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American, (1st, 1st, 2nd, 4th), Three-time NCAA Finalist, Three-time Big Ten Champion—2007 Winner Ben Askren (Missouri)

2005

Chris Pendleton (Oklahoma State)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-Time NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 3rd), Two-time Big 12 Champion

Greg Jones (West Virginia)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Three-Time NCAA All-American, Four-time EWL Champion–2005 Winner Steve Mocco (Oklahoma State)

2002

Stephen Abas (Fresno State)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American, (1st, 1st, 1st, 4th), Four-time conference champion; 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, Four-time World/Olympic Team Member—2002 Winner Cael Sanderson (Iowa State)

2001

TJ Williams (Iowa)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-time NCAA All-American (1st, 3rd, 1st), Three-time Big Ten Champion–2001 Winner Cael Sanderson (Iowa State)/Nick Ackerman (Simpson)

1999

Eric Guerrero (Oklahoma State)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 1st, 5th), 1999 Big 12 Champion; Four-time Big 12 Finalist, 2004 Olympic Team Member, Five-time World/Olympic Team Member—1999 Winner Stephen Neal (CSU Bakersfield)

1998

Jeff McGinness (Iowa)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-time NCAA All-American, Two-time Big Ten Champion, Four-time Big Ten Finalist

Joe Williams (Iowa)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 1st, 7th), Two-time Big Ten Champion, Three-time Big Ten finalist; 2004 Olympic Team Member, Two-time World Bronze Medalist, Seven-time World/Olympic Team Member—1998 Winner Mark Ironside (Iowa)

1997

Cary Kolat (Lock Haven/Penn State)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American (1st, 1st, 3rd, 2nd), Two-time EWL Champion, 1994 Big Ten Champion; 2000 Olympic Team Member, 1997 World Silver Medalist, 1998 World Bronze Medalist, Four-time World/Olympic Team Member

Lincoln McIlravy (Iowa)

Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American (1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st), Three-time Big Ten Champion, Four-time Big Ten finalist; 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 1998 World Bronze Medalist, 1999 World Silver Medalist, Four-Time World/Olympic Team Member

Mark Branch (Oklahoma State)

Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American, Four-time NCAA Finalist, Three time Big 8/12 Champion—1997 Winner Kerry McCoy (Penn State)

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