2022 Junior Hodge Trophy winner Nick Feldman (photos courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
On Friday morning, WIN Magazine announced that Malvern Prep senior Nick Feldman will be the recipient of the 2022 Junior Hodge Trophy. Feldman is currently ranked number one in the nation at 285 lbs and is the top recruit in the high school Class of 2023.
Feldman is the face of a star-studded group of signees headed to Columbus to compete for Tom Ryan at Ohio State. Additionally, two other top-five recruits and five of the top 50 seniors will don the scarlet and gray.
Two weeks ago, Feldman put on a show in Las Vegas to win a UWW U20 National title at 125 kg in freestyle. En route to his title, Feldman outscored the competition 44-1 over five matches. For the stop sign, Feldman only needed :53 seconds to dispatch Missouri-signee Ryan Boersma, also a top-100 recruit. Nick's title will give him the top seed heading into the Junior World Team Trials.
During the high school season, Feldman was flawless, capturing titles at the Walsh Ironman, the Beast of the East and the Powerade Invitational. He wrapped up his career at Malvern Prep by claiming his second National Prep championship. Feldman ended his senior season with a 38-0 record and 20 falls along the way.
Before the season, Feldman appeared at FloWrestling's Who's #1 event for the second consecutive year. This time he defeated Fargo 16U champion Christian Carroll in a battle of two of the best big men in their respective classes (Carroll is a junior).
This is the second year in a row that a future Buckeye has been selected for the honor. Last year's recipient was Jesse Mendez, who will join Feldman in Columbus this fall. Additionally, two of their Ohio State coaches, Bo Jordan (2013) and J Jaggers (2004) also won the Junior Hodge.