University of Missouri wrestler Ben Askren claimed his second straight Dan Hodge Trophy, college wrestling’s equivalent of the Heisman, in an announcement Thursday by the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum and W.I.N. Magazine.
By receiving the honor two consecutive years, Askren earns the distinction of becoming just the second wrestler since the award’s creation in 1995 to earn the Hodge Trophy on more than one occasion. Iowa State legend Cael Sanderson won the award three straight years (2000-2002).
"It’s a great honor, especially (finishing ahead) of guys like Cole (Konrad) who is amazing," Askren said. "To be in the same company with Cael winning the top honor, it can’t get any better than that. I’m very excited."
The two-time National Champion at 174 pounds, Askren led the Tiger team to third place at last week’s NCAA Championships, Mizzou’s highest team finish ever.