COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kollin Moore is one of eight finalists for the 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy, awarded annually by WIN Magazine to the country’s best college wrestler. He won 27 matches this season and was to be the No. 1 seed at 197 pounds for the NCAA Championships after capturing his third career Big Ten title.
Often referred to as “the Heisman Trophy of college wrestling,” the Hodge Trophy is voted on by a committee consisting of former Hodge recipients, national media, retired college coaches from each region, a representative of each national wrestling organization and a fan vote hosted by WIN Magazine. Fan voting begins on Monday (March 23) at noon ET.
Criteria for the Hodge Trophy includes a wrestler’s record, number of pins, dominance and quality of competition. Past credentials, sportsmanship/citizenship and heart are secondary criteria used when two finalists have similar stats.
Moore owns a 27-0 season record with dominating bonus totals of 10 major decisions, six tech falls and four pins. He accomplished those numbers against high-quality competition, facing top-25 opponents in nearly half (13) of his bouts and garnering bonus points in eight of those clashes. In the 23 matches Moore did not pin his adversary, he outscored the competition 341-116 (+225) to average an aggressive 14.8 points per showing.
WIN Magazine has taken the straightforward approach of naming all eight remaining undefeated wrestlers as 2020 Hodge finalists. The group includes:
125 lbs | Spencer Lee, Iowa (18-0)
125 lbs | Pat Glory, Princeton (24-0)
133 lbs | Chas Tucker, Cornell (31-0)
157 lbs | Ryan Deakin, Northwestern (21-0)
165 lbs | Shane Griffith, Stanford (28-0)
197 lbs | Kollin Moore, Ohio State (27-0)
197 lbs | Noah Adams, West Virginia (32-0)
285 lbs | Gable Steveson, Minnesota (15-0)
The Hodge Trophy is named after the University of Oklahoma’s Dan Hodge, winner of three straight NCAA titles between 1955-1957. He was 46-0 in his three college seasons, pinned 36 opponents and was never taken down collegiately.