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I think there were good arguments for all 5 undefeated guys. Russell & Oliver have another chance still.
Jordan Burroughs wins Dan Hodge Trophy | WIN Magazine
?It?s unprecedented to have a year where there?s five legitimate Hodge Trophy candidates. We?re extremely excited about Burroughs winning the award because of who he is as a person and for how hard he works to dominate every opponent,? said WIN Publisher Bryan Van Kley. ?Burroughs has that ?X factor? which makes him stand out as the wrestler who?s in a league of his own and his numbers this season back that up.?
Jordan Oliver, a sophomore from Oklahoma State who finished 29-0 en route to the 133-pound title, finished as a close runner-up for the award on the strength of his 11 pins. Crowd-favorite Anthony Robles (36-0) of Arizona State finished third by a razor-thin margin after pilling up an amazing 24 tech falls and beating last year?s NCAA champ Matt McDonough of Iowa by six points in the NCAA finals.
Finishing in fourth place for this year?s award was Jon Reader of Iowa State. The Michigan native was 39-0 while capturing the salty 174-pound title. The other finalist was Kellen Russell of Michigan who was 38-0 in the loaded 141-pound class, particularly in his Big Ten Conference.
I haven't bothered to look at the stats - but 11 pins doesn't appear to be enough for Oliver to win the "Schalles Award" for pins. Hmmm.... or maybe it might.
You don't have to go undefeated to win the Schalles award, its sole criteria is the D1 guy with the most pins.
Per the Intermat scorebook our D1 guy with the most pins this year is Andrew Alton with 18.
RIP Jacob Schlottke - 1984-2011
"If Cornell finishes ahead of Iowa with five all americans I'll jump into the Des Moines River after finals." -Herkey#1 8/16/12