March 25, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State wrestler Jordan Oliver placed second in the voting for the Dan Hodge Trophy presented to the most outstanding wrestler in the nation, it was announced today.
Nebraska senior 157-pounder Jordan Burroughs was the winner, with Oliver taking second, Arizona State 125-pounder Anthony Robles third, Iowa State 174-pounder Jon Reader fourth and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell fifth.
The trophy was created in 1995 by WIN Magazine founder Mike Chapman to honor the season's outstanding collegiate wrestler. The trophy is regarded as the most prestigious in college wrestling. According to the presenting group, 2011 was one of the tightest races in the Hodge Trophy's 17-year existence, with Burroughs narrowly edging Oliver for the top spot.
Oliver capped a perfect 29-0 season by winning the NCAA title at 133 pounds. Of Oliver's 29 wins, 24 came with bonus points attached (82.8 pct.) That percentage is the fifth-best single-season mark in school history and the best ever for a Cowboy sophomore. Oliver's 11 pins led the top five finishers for the Hodge Trophy. A staggering 10 of his wins in 2010-11 were stopped by either fall or technical fall in the first period.
The Easton, Pa., native was dominant in the post-season, claiming five bonus-point wins in his seven bouts at the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Championships combined. He scored three post-season wins by fall - all in the first period - and two by major decision. One of those major decision wins was a 15-3 whipping of Oklahoma's Jordan Keller in the Big 12 title bout and the other was a 10-2 triumph over an All-American in Mike Grey of Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Two years into his college career, Oliver owns a 61-4 record (93.9 win pct.) That percentage ranks him 12th on Oklahoma State's career list among wrestlers with a minimum of 30 career bouts.
Among the top five finishers for the 2011 Hodge Trophy, Oliver and Michigan's Russell are the only two with eligibility remaining.