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Iowa’s Spencer Lee wins Dan Hodge Trophy

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- University of Iowa junior Spencer Lee has been named the winner of the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy.

The award is presented annually to the nation's most dominant college wrestler. Lee earned 52 of a possible 57 first-place votes.

Lee dominated the 125-pound weight class this past season, outscoring his opponents, 234-18. He scored bonus points in 17 of 18 wins, recorded four first-period falls and nine technical falls, and averaged 5.0 team points per match.

Lee was 18-0 overall, won his first conference title, and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. Only four of his 18 matches went the entire seven minutes. Lee was 5-0 in the month of January with five technical falls. He outscored those five opponents 84-1.

Lee is the third Hawkeye in program history to win the award since its inception in 1995. Mark Ironside was honored in 1998, and Brent Metcalf earned the award in 2008.

Ironside and Metcalf were both NCAA champions. Lee was the top-seed at 125 pounds and was on track for his third straight national title before the 2020 NCAA Championships were called off March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCAA’s Division I Council is set to vote today on whether athletes whose seasons were cut short from concerns over the pandemic should be granted an extra year of collegiate eligibility.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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