Legendary wrestling great, Danny Hodge
On the day before Christmas, one of our greatest wrestlers of all time, the unmatchable Dan Hodge, passed away.
Hodge was a 3X National Champion…
an Olympic Silver Medalist…
and a Professional Wrestling champion.
Hodge amassed a record of 46-0 while competing at Oklahoma.
While 46-0 may not seem like a lot of matches today, when Hodge competed in the 1950’s, that’s what they ended up with.
He pinned an astounding 36 of them.
There were also reports that he was never taken down his entire college career (apparently record keeping wasn’t a big thing back then).
That’s a win percentage of 100% (duh)…and a pin percentage of 78%.
To put it in perspective, the great Wade Schalles, the all-time pinningest wrestler (yes – pinningest is now a word, thanks to me), pinned 106 opponents in 159 matches.
Simply incredible – a pin percentage of 67%.
Hodge was well known for his feat of being able to crush an apple with one hand – a stunt he performed in 2013 in front of the Oklahoma State Legislature – at 80 years old.
Wrestling’s most prestigious award is named after him – the Dan Hodge trophy.
Rest In Peace to a one of the greatest wrestlers ever, and a great man to boot.