Kilgore is pretty short. So he is very thick, but I don't think he was a very big 96 kg. 197 is the perfect weight for him I think.
The trophy is awarded based on seven criteria: 1. Record 2. Number of pins 3. Dominance 4. Past credentials 5. Quality of competition 6. Sportsmanship/citizenship 7. Heart
Number of pins and dominance will likely prevent him from winning the Hodge, though there's no question of his status among the great's of all-time.
Well as much as I hate to admit it, you'd have to be crazy to vote against David Taylor. My heart is with Dake of course, but, as you said VAIS, he's too much of a control wrestler to get the pins and techs necessary to win the Hodge. Personally, I'd like to see least points scored against as equally impressive as pins, but we all know that isn't happening. Gable's 1972 Olympic's without allowing a point scored is still the single most impressive feat in U.S. wrestling history. DC