UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 1, 2019 – (Portion of release, including quotes, courtesy Bryan Van Kley, WIN Magazine) Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas) has won the WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented annually to the top collegiate wrestler in the nation by ASICS. The Hodge Trophy has been awarded since 1995. The three-time NCAA champion finished first in the voting, just ahead of teammate Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.). A Nittany Lion has now won the last three Hodge Trophy awards.
Bo Nickal has already cemented himself in Penn State wrestling history by winning and pinning opponents at a prolific rate.
He currently ranks second all-time in pins and sixth all-time in bonus point wins and now, he can add another accolade to his collection.
With his win in the 197 pound final of the 2019 Big Ten tournament, Nickal became just the sixth Penn State wrestler ever to claim three or more Big Ten titles.