I like how everyone other than just a couple posters want to change the criteria to fit their narrative. It's the f'ing Hodge trophy, so an undefeated record and pins are what matter. Keep navel gazing about how other things should matter all you want. Make up your own award if you like. But the Hodge is about record and pins.
My vote, as just about everybody on earth knows by now, was for Oliver.
Nobody was more dominant than Robles this year.
However, if Tech Falls are not regarded highly at all(joke) then I suppose Oliver has to get it.
For my money best Pound for pound: Burroughs, Oliver, Robles
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Jon Reader 39-0
Kellen Russell 38-0
Jordan Burroughs 36-0
Anthony Robles 36-0
Jordan Oliver 29-0
2. Number of pins
Oliver 11 (2 @ NCAAs)
Total Points scored
Team points scored
% of wins Bonus
4. Past credentials
Burroughs 3x AA 1st, 1st, 3rd, NQ
Reader 3x AA 1st NQ 4th, 7th
Robles 3x AA 1st, 7th, 4th, NQ
Oliver 2x AA, 1st, 4th
Russell 2x AA 1st, 7th NQ
5. Quality of competition
# wins over AAs (excluding Semis & Finals as those wrestlers are automatically AAs)
wins vs Rd12 (this year excluding quarterfinals)
Robles 12 (15)
Russell 8 (16)
Reader 6 (10)
Oliver 1 (3)
Burroughs 0 (3)
Wins vs NQs (excluding NCAA tourney)
Points scored @ NCAAs
I have nothing for this category
+1 Robles = one leg
+1 Russell = Competition, that semi vs Marion was epic
+1 Burroughs = overcoming a season ending injury
I think this data gives it to Burroughs hands down if for one thing & thats competition. I just wonder that if any the other 4 had faced the same amount of competition as Russell would they be undefeated? If Russell not had nearly half his matches against AAs & Rd12 guys would he have scored more bonus?
Anyways you have good arguments for all 5 guys here but I think JB has the edge in several categories.
Metcalf won the Hodge in a year where he had one loss. Supposedly, an undefeated record is the principal criteria for Hodge consideration.
This says to me that record and pins will not necessarily be the ONLY criteria for it this year. There does not seem to be a runaway candidate this year and because of that, Robles will win based on his record and his level of dominance, combined with his "disability". Kind of a no-brainer for me, really a one-of-a-kind situation.
I tend to agree though that Robles is going to win.
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