Current D1 Hodge Contenders For 2018-2019
- Bo Nickal
Bo knows how to dominate, especially as people question whether they can even get past the first furious flurry he brings. Most of Bo's matches this year have been falls in the first period, and he has really made a name for himself with his feet-to-back throws.
- Jason Nolf
The Penn State perpetual motion machine has been a blur this season, marking his success with creativity and precision. Nolf has two national titles already, and a runner-up finish, putting him in truly rare form so far as NCAA success goes.
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- Vincenzo Joseph
Vincenzo Joseph is 2-for-2 on NCAA titles, but he will be pushed and tested in a very talented 165lb field that is all scouting him as the lead man. So far, Joseph is udefeated and he continues to rely on his rock solid defense to win those tight matches.
- Myles Martin
The Buckeye wrestler is looking for his fourth trip to the finals and second title, and he has been a point scoring machine in a very underrated season. His leg attacks from space and tilts on top have been paying dividends, and he looks to finish his career in style.
- Mark Hall
The popular Junior World Champ is looking to set himself apart from the field as much as some of his teammates have, but he remains undefeated and dominant even when the score is tight.
- Anthony Ashnault
Ashnault has mobbed with creative offense and entertaining celebrations, but can this Rutgers senior be the breakthrough champion for the Scarlet Knights? Considering the way he handled guys like Gfeller and Kolodzik, it certainly seems that way.
- Yianni Diakomihalis
The real Greek Freak has been active since returning from knee injury, but there's still a few questions about if Yianni is back to full form yet. Still, he hasn't lost yet this year, and continues to impress against solid competition.
- Stevan Micic
The Sickle is a globally elite 60kg wrestler who has emerged as the class of 133, but there's plenty of season left to wrestle. His takedowns and positioning on his feet have been where he's made his money so far, especially his lethal reattacks.
- Sebastian Rivera
Rivera has a loss this season, but as it came up a weight class against Micic, I'm not holding it against him in these considerations (we should always be encouraging competition). Rivera has had an awesome season, beating Spencer Lee in the Midlands final, and racking up a surprising amount of bonus as well.
- Gable Steveson
The heavyweight vanguard has been getting the job done all year. Maybe it hasn't always been pretty, but he's a true freshman with an unbeaten record at a weight that favors maturity, so Gable has been impressive by any real measure.