Penn State wrestler Zain Retherford has claimed college wrestling’s biggest honor for the second year in a row as the winner of the Hodge Trophy, given to the most outstanding college wrestler each season. Retherford claimed 35 of 48 first-place votes while teammate Bo Nickal finished in second place.
Retherford’s senior season was his best one yet, and it ended in his third straight undefeated season and third straight national championship at the 149-pound weight class.
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“To win the award that symbolizes dominance in college wrestling two years in a row means a lot to me. It’s awesome,” Retherford said in a Penn State press release. “Coming into college my first year, I really wasn’t that dominant. I would ride just to ride and would squeak out a few wins. Throughout wrestling at Penn State, I learned to look for more points and expand matches a little bit.”
Retherford is one of four wrestlers to win the Hodge multiple times. Former Penn State wrestler David Taylor and current Nittany Lions coach Cael Sanderson are two. Missouri’s Ben Askren, who went on to a career in mixed-martial arts, is the other.