Vote for Ed Ruth for the Dan Hodge Trophy Award
The Dan Hodge Trophy, awarded to the most dominant wrestler in the NCAA, has changed its voting format this year.
The award presented by WIN Magazine and Culture House, will include a fan voting award portion, in addition to votes from the national media. The fan vote will count as two of the 42 votes. Voting is on the poll on the front page of WIN Magazine website.
Wrestlers must have won at the NWCA All-Star Classic and post a perfect record this past season including the post-season. That leaves five wrestlers eligible: Jordan Oliver, Kyle Dake, Logan Steiber, Ed Ruth, and Kendric Maple.
Kyle Dake, of Cornell, currently leads the fan voting race with 63 percent of the vote. Dake was the first wrestler to win four titles at four different weight classes after defeating David Taylor. He had 18 pins and two technical falls on the season.
Penn State’s Ed Ruth has a 33-0 record, including 12 pins and four technical falls. To become a three-time All-American and two-time champion, Ruth defeated Robert Hamlin of Lehigh in a 12-4 major decision. Ruth currently has 25 percent of the vote.
Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State is a senior at 149. Oliver is a four-time All-American and moved up two weight classes this past season. This was his second title and third appearance in the finals with 17 pins and three technical falls.
Logan Steiber of Ohio State has 14 pins and seven technical falls this season. He is a sophomore who won his second national title this year at 133.
Kendric Maple of Oklahoma is a junior and a two-time All-American. He won the national title at 141 with seven pins and four technical falls on the season.
David Taylor won the award last year and Nittany Lions head coach Cael Sanderson, one of only two multiple-time winners, won the award three times.
Ruth placed second in voting last season and will look to take home the award this year when an announcement is made tomorrow.