PSU press release confirms Taylor wins Hodge.
I didn't realize that the award is only 18 years old. Interesting that Ok St has had only 1 winner (Mocco) and Iowa only 2 (Ironside & Metcalf). Taylor now become's PSU's second one after McCoy. Interesting that Simpson College and Montana St-Northern each have a winner!
If he goes undefeated next year and wins his 4th I could see them giving it to him regardless of what the other guys do.
They've proven more than ready to disregard their criteria in the past, and I have to imagine that they'd be willing to do it again for the third 4x Champion assuming Dake wins.
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
I was a freshman Division III wrestler in 2001 when I twice crossed paths with that year's Hodge co-recipient, Nick Ackerman of Simpson College. For those unaware, Nick wrestled 174 but both his legs were cut off just above the knee.
The first time I saw him was the night before a holiday tournament in Florida. I was in the gym late cutting weight, as was Nick, who was jumping rope! I swear on my child, he was skipping rope without having any legs. I saw him dominate at that tournament (a team dual-meet tourney) and couldn't wait to see him again at nationals.
At nationals he cruised to the finals, where he was to meet an Augsberg wrestler who was riding an 88 match unbeaten streak and looking for his third straight title. Obviously Nick had about 90% of the arena cheering him on as he won by a large margin, something like 11-4. Still far and away the best moment I have ever witnessed in wrestling.
Hopefully DT and Dake are in the same weight next year..
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