Redshirt sophomore Noah Adams of the West Virginia University wrestling team has been named the recipient of the Hardman Award, given to West Virginia’s amateur athlete of the year, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Adams is the second WVU grappler to win the award, which is named after the late A. L. (Shorty) Hardman, longtime Charleston Gazette sports editor/columnist. Prior to Adams, Greg Jones earned the honor in 2004 and 2005.
The Coal City, West Virginia, native became WVU’s first Big 12 Wrestler of the Year on April 1, and was named a finalist for the 2020 Win Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS, on March 20. He finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 32-0 record, marking the third time a WVU grappler ended a season undefeated.
Adams became the second wrestler in program history to win a Big 12 Conference title on March 8, earning a 5-1 decision over South Dakota State’s Tanner Sloan at 197 pounds. He completed the season with a 13-0 record against conference opponents and was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 31 and Jan 21.