Win Magazine has announced the 2016-17 Hodge Trophy (wrestling's Heisman Trophy) candidates. The four finalist, who can be voted for until this Friday include J’den Cox (Missouri), Jason Nolf (Penn State), Zain Retherford (Penn State) and Kyle Snyder (Ohio State). All four of the finalist started the season ranked number-one and went on to be undefeated NCAA Champions.
The winner will be judge on their record, number of falls, quality of competition, dominance throughout the season, past credentials and sportsmanship.
See below photo for who Kyle Snyder thinks should win the 2016-17 Hodge Trophy!
J’den Cox (Missouri)
Credentials: Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time NCAA All-American, Four-time MAC Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist.
Career Record: 130-5
Career win percentage: 96.30%
2016-17 Record: 27-0
Bonus point wins: 20
Bonus point rate: 70.37%
Jason Nolf (Penn State)
Credentials: NCAA Champion, Two-time NCAA All-American and Big Ten Champion.
Career Record: 60-2
2016-17 Record: 26-0
Season Falls: 14
Bonus point wins: 24
Season bonus point rate: 92.31%
Career bonus point rate: 90.6%
Zain Retherford (Penn State)
Credentials: Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-time NCAA All-American and Two-time Big Ten Champion
Career Record: 95-3
Career win percentage: 96.44%
2016-17 Record: 27-0
Bonus point wins: 25
Bonus point rate: 88.39%
Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)
Credentials: Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-time NCAA All-American, Two-time Big Ten Champion, World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist.
Career Record: 57-4
Career win percentage: 93.44
2016-17 Record: 16-0
Bonus point wins: 12
Bonus point rate: 81.25%
Hello Coaches, Wrestlers & Parents,
Welcome to the Freakshow of 2017 Amateur Wrestling, the tournament is headed to a new record of 3,500 this year. So congratulations to Nevada for hosting the largest wrestling tournament in the entire western part of our country. 40 states are traveling into Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend. We will allow only 200 more wrestlers, so please make sure you receive an email from us before you take your journey to the Westgate Casino & Resort. NOTE: Fast Pass will only be opened until Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and you must be pre-registered for Fast Pass. We will not take anymore Fast Pass sign ups at weigh-ins. We are excited to see all of you this weekend…
Sincerely, Adam Gutierrez President RMN Events
AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 15, 2015) – FloSports announced today a partnership with the The Freak Show wrestling tournament. The Freak Show is a nationally renowned preseason wrestling event for High School and Youth in Las Vegas. FloWrestling is the leading source of wrestling news, rankings and coverage across all levels of competition.
This partnership will allow The Freak Show to continue to make substantial growth and increase the field of reputable athletes who compete at the tournament by showcasing their athletes in the best way possible. The Freak Show will take place October 23-25th and feature tournaments from youth to high school for both boys and girls. You can register for the event here.
“We are thrilled to have FloWrestling’s top-notch coverage,” The Freak Show’s Event Promoter Dave Dean said. “Also, we are excited to use their cutting edge software, FloArena, to bring our fans all over the country real-time updates from our tournament. The experience of FloWrestling’s events, particularly for people watching live online and on-demand is second to none.” Event website here
The Freak Show will be run on FloWrestling’s FloArena. FloArena is FloWrestling’s event management software, which allows wrestling tournament and dual meet organizers to offer real-time scoring updates online integrated with live and video archive. The software will bring an unprecedented level of efficiency and clarity to the operation of the event, and provides fans, coaches, and wrestlers an unrivaled experience.
“This is a great opportunity for FloWrestling to continue to grow the sport of wrestling and bring top-tier competition to people all over the country with incredible coverage,” said FloSports co-founder and CEO Martin Floreani. “Partnering with such a well-renowned tournament in the wrestling world is something we couldn’t pass up. We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to be a part of this great event."
FloSports, an innovative sports media company based in Austin, Texas that offers authentic content and a new world of coverage that true fans have been waiting for. Focused on three areas – live programming, original content, and owned and operated events.
Through live streaming of premier events, original video programming, weekly studio shows, branded entertainment, and event creation and execution, FloSports is changing the game for the sports, the athletes and the fans.
FloSports owns exclusive broadcast rights to in-demand events, and broadcasts more than 25,000 hours of live sporting events each year. From a content standpoint, FloSports has 1 million+ videos in their library. FloSports features the #1 webcasts per sport, high-quality, in-depth documentary series and 5M+ athletes ranked within their respective sports.
Current verticals under the FloSports header are Grappling, Bodybuilding, Softball, Elite Fitness, Wrestling, Gymnastics, and Running, including MileSplit.com.
ABOUT THE FREAK SHOW
"THE FREAK SHOW" is the fastest growing wrestling event in the country. It's unique format of having youth and high school boys and girls divisions makes it possible to bring your entire program to face elite competition. At the High School level the divisions consist of 15 & Under for first year freshman as well as seasoned middle school athletes, the Varsity Division for athletes that are not yet at the Elite Level, and the High School Elite Division which boasts the Best Wrestlers in the Country.
To give you a picture of how incredible the competition is at The Freak Show. Recall that it was the site of Mark Hall's (FloWrestling's Pound-For-Pound #1 wrestler in the country) last high school loss.