As for the whole metcalf thing I personally think its a little silly he won the hodge with a loss, and not just a loss but a first period loss by fall. Isnt this the first time thats happened in the history of the award? Maybe Im just ignorant but I thought the #1 criteria was having an undefeated season.
If guys with a loss are elligible then why not phil davis who also had one loss, was a senior, a four time AA and arguably had the most dominant tournament of anyone. I dont have his numbers in front of me right now but other then a few close matches with bond/herbst and his loss to tamilow I think he majored or pinned almost everyone he wrestled. Statistically and logically speaking I dont think metcalf is justified in getting the hodge.
However as a fan there is definitely a special aura about the kid. I was lucky enough to be there in person when he beat schlatter as well as when he overcame a 1st period deficit to almost major jenkins at ncaas and the crowd was going crazy for him. I'm a minnesota fan and so like most other minnesota fans I was rooting for whoever was wrestling against Iowa (at least until it became obvious that the gophers were out of contention). But when metcalf won that jenkins match I gave him a standing ovation and a lot of the gopher fans I was sitting next to did likewise, thats definitely a sign of something special when you can stand up and clap for someone who wrestles for your archrival.
He did also have an incredibly stacked weight class Im sure that factored in as well, its pretty impressive to do what he did in a weight with that much talent