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Retherford comes up short in bid for Hodge Trophy

Penn State’s Zain Rutherford finished in second in the Hodge Trophy race as the winner was announced on Monday. Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer was awarded the trophy.
Penn State’s Zain Rutherford finished in second in the Hodge Trophy race as the winner was announced on Monday. Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer was awarded the trophy. Centre Daily Times, file

The collegiate wrestling season officially came to a close on Monday as the Hodge Trophy winner was announced.

Penn State’s Zain Retherford finished runner-up in the race to Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer. Dieringer earned 27 of the 45 first-place votes.

Retherford, a redshirt sophomore, won the 149-pound national championship en route to a 33-0 record. Retherford was also the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler of the Year. He finished with 15 pins on the year — the seventh-best single-season mark for a Nittany Lion.

Fans were allowed to vote for their favorite and Retherford was the winner. He garnered 41,221 votes of the 149,592 total. With the fan vote, Retherford automatically received two first-place votes.

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder and Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett were the other finalists.

The Hodge Trophy is named after former University of Oklahoma wrestler Dan Hodge, who won three NCAA championships from 1955-1957. He never allowed a takedown in his collegiate career and pinned 36 of 46 opponents. It is wrestling’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.

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