Nearfall is proud to announce it’s partnership with the Hodge family to bring you the (Danny Hodge Line). This Signature line is part of Nearfall’s Immortal Series. Danny Hodge was an extraordinary athlete who created an enormous excitement with his performances on the mat and in the ring, while at the same time connecting with fans everywhere. He is the epitome of a NearFall Athlete, and this partnership is beginning during the most exciting time in NearFall’s history. We are looking forward to partnering with the Hodge Family to take his remarkable legacy to the next level.
The Immortal Series by NearFall captures the spirit of Danny Hodge’s life of wrestling as a career that will never be forgotten or replicated. Hodge went 46-0, pinning 36 opponents, at the University of Oklahoma. He won three national championships in 1955, 56, and 57 and is the namesake of the Hodge Trophy, the college wrestling equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. Hodge was a two-time Olympian, winning the silver medal in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Hodge also won the 1958 Golden Gloves in boxing and became the only wrestler ever to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Part of taking his legacy to the next level is by giving a portion of the proceeds back to the Dan Hodge Foundation to provide wrestling scholarships and support youth wrestling programs everywhere.
The Dan Hodge Trophy honors the top college wrestler every year. It was established in 1995 and is named after the legendary Dan Hodge, who was an NCAA champion, Olympic medalist, multiple-time NWA champion, and a great ambassador for the sport of wrestling. This trophy is considered the Heisman Trophy of wrestling.
The award was established by longtime journalist and wrestling hall-of-famer Mike Chapman and is presented by WIN Magazine. The Hodge Trophy has been presented to 29 wrestlers in its 27-year history. Two wrestlers won the award in 2001, the only time in the award’s history that the trophy has been presented to more than one athlete per year.