Five Reasons Spencer Lee Should Win The 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy

By RossWB on March 27, 2020 at 4:11 pm
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The 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy winner will be announced on Monday at 12 PM Central. Today is (I think) the last day to submit a vote for Spencer Lee as part of the fan vote. So here are five more reasons why you should vote for Spencer. 

1. He was (officially) the NCAA's Most Dominant Wrestler.

And you can read more about that here

2. He was also the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. 

You don't have to be the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year to win the Hodge Trophy  (and not every )... but it doesn't hurt. After all, if you're the best wrestler in the country's best conference (by several miles) for wrestling, why wouldn't you be the best wrestler in the nation? 

3. He had a bonus point rate of 94%. 

17 of Lee's 18 wins included bonus points. 14 of those 17 wins ended via technical fall or fall. That is utterly absurd. 

His closest match -- and his only decision win of the season -- still finished 8-1 in Lee's favor and was never once in doubt. 

4. He outscored opponents 254-18. 

That works out to an average match score of 14-1. (The figure above also includes the points he had accumulated in his four matched that ended in pins, prior to the matches being stopped for the fall.) Most of the 18 points he allowed were conceded escapes that he allowed... so he could go back on the attack and score more points. He shut out nine opponents (four pins and five technical falls), including four straight technical fall shutout wins in Big Ten competition (15-0 wins over Purdue and Indiana, followed by 18-0 wins over Nebraska and Ohio State). 

Just three wrestlers scored three points or more against Lee (Michigan's Jack Medley, Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni, and Chattanooga's Franklin Gutierrez); in fact that trio combined to score 11 of the 18 points scored against Lee this season. They still wound up being outscored by a total margin of 47-11. 

5. 9 of his 18 wins didn't make it to the second period. 

That includes his forfeit win against Minnesota, but it also includes eight other matches that didn't make it past the three-minute mark. He had five other matches that didn't make it beyond the 32-second mark of the second period. Just four of his matches made it to the third period (though all four of those bouts did last the full seven minutes). 

Lee wrestled a grand total of 62 minutes and 57 seconds this year. For a normal wrestler -- a human wrestler -- that's about nine regular matches. Again, that was Spencer Lee's entire season -- and he wrestled 18 matches. The average length of a Spencer Lee match this year was roughly 3 minutes and 30 seconds. 

BONUS: He mauled everyone -- including good competition. 

He beat Nick Piccininni, the Big 12 champion and #3 seed at the NCAA Tournament, by a 12-3 major decision. His top competition in the Big Ten was Purdue's Devin Schroder (the #5 seed at the NCAA Tournament) -- who he beat twice, first by a 15-0 technical fall at the dual meet and again by a 16-2 major decision in the Big Ten Tournament final. 

No other wrestler in the NCAA this year obliterated his competition as quickly, as decisively, and as comprehensively as Lee did this year. 

Give him the Hodge. 

Don't forget to vote for Spencer in the Hodge Trophy fan vote. 

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