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    PSU press release confirms Taylor wins Hodge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    I dont mean to be rude, but looking at the criteria what is even in question about this? Taylor is the biggest slam dunk since Askren.
    I would have to agree. ONLY if you made past accomplishments the #1 criteria could Dake win it this year. But-having said that, let me talk out of the other side of the mouth. If Dake doesn't get it this year, AND he goes undefeated NCAA champ next year, I would vote for him to get it next year even if someone else had a better season by Hodge criteria. A 4-time NCAA champ has got to win the Hodge at least once.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    I dont mean to be rude, but looking at the criteria what is even in question about this? Taylor is the biggest slam dunk since Askren.
    yip. And Ruth is the biggest slam dunk as runner up goes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomWright25 View Post
    I would have to agree. ONLY if you made past accomplishments the #1 criteria could Dake win it this year. But-having said that, let me talk out of the other side of the mouth. If Dake doesn't get it this year, AND he goes undefeated NCAA champ next year, I would vote for him to get it next year even if someone else had a better season by Hodge criteria. A 4-time NCAA champ has got to win the Hodge at least once.
    Barring a pretty drastic stylistic adjustment and a few great ones having major slip ups(McD, JO, Stieber, DT, Ruth) he won't win one, and he won't have deserved it either.
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    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.
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    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.

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    Hopefully DT and Dake are in the same weight next year..
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