A Nittany Lion wrestler won college wrestling’s top honor for the third year in a row.
Penn State wrestling announced Monday, three-time national champion Bo Nickal has won the Dan Hodge Trophy. The Hodge Trophy is college wrestling’s version of college football’s Heisman Trophy. Nickal has been named the top collegiate wrestler in the country.
Nickal took home his third-straight NCAA title defeating Ohio State’s Kollin Moore in the 197-pound championship in Pittsburgh on March 23.
Accrording to a Penn State media release, Nickal finished the season undefeated with 30 wins including 18 pins, three technical falls and six major decisions. Nickal edged teammate Jason Nolf who finished in second place in the Hodge voting. Nolf also won his third-consecutive NCAA championship to round out his collegiate career.
You can find a list of the latest Hodge Trophy winners below courtesy of WIN Magazine (including Penn State coach Cael Sanderson):
Year Name School
2019 Bo Nickal Penn State
2018 Zain Retherford Penn State
2017 Zain Retherford Penn State
2016 Alex Dieringer Oklahoma State
2015 Logan Stieber Ohio State
2014 David Taylor Penn State
2013 Kyle Dake Cornell
2012 David Taylor Penn State
2011 Jordan Burroughs Nebraska
2010 Jayson Ness Minnesota
2009 Jake Herbert Northwestern
2008 Brent Metcalf Iowa
2007 Ben Askren Missouri
2006 Ben Askren Missouri
2005 Steve Mocco Oklahoma State
2004 Emmett Willson Mont. St.-Northern
2003 Eric Larkin Arizona State
2002 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
2001 * Cael Sanderson Iowa State
2001 * Nick Ackerman Simpson College
2000 Cael Sanderson Iowa State
1999 Stephen Neal Cal State Bakersfield
1998 Mark Ironside Iowa
1997 Kerry McCoy Penn State
1996 Les Gutches Oregon State
1995 T.J. Jaworsky North Carolina