The Greatest Male Players in Challenge History: #19- Dan Setzler

Michael Alvey
2 min readJan 30, 2019

3 Seasons: Challenge 2000 (Win), Battle of the Seasons (Final), Battle of the Sexes II (Win)

0–0 Elimination Record

24 Challenge Wins

Daily Challenges: 9/10

Eliminations: N/A

Finals: 9/10

Politics: 8/10

Another guy who’s extremely difficult to judge for being on just three seasons with no elimination rounds, Setzler is no doubt one of the best competitors in the history of the show.

The Road Rules: Northern Trail alum helped the Road Rulers win Challenge 2000, as Road Rules won six out of nine challenges, including the final.

On Battle of the Seasons he was saddled with a bad partner in Tara and still reached the finals, winning one prize and finishing second within the Road Rules team. Dan had great performances in the toughest missions of the season, winning Vertical Limit and finishing second in Ladder of Doom.

Dan and Tara were in power for most of the non-final six portion of the game, being in the Inner Circle for all but the first round.

But his greatest accomplishment was on Battle of the Sexes 2, as he was one of the top two performing males in one of the most stacked male casts in the history of the show, which included Mark Long, Abe, The Miz, Derrick, and Brad among others.

Even though Dan played in early seasons, he was always on the right side of the politics. He was in tight with Timmy and Theo on Battle of the Seasons, and on Sexes 2 his OG alliance with Theo, Mark and Eric Nies helped him get to the finals.

Setzler is pretty much an unknown for non-OG fans (it’s hard just to find a good picture of him on the Internet), but there’s no question that he’s one of the best competitors of all time. But with just three seasons (and one with no eliminations), he doesn’t have the body of work of the players ranked ahead of him.


25. Paulie Calafiore

24. Cory Wharton

23. Tyler Duckworth

22. Devin Walker

21. Frank Sweeney

20. Timmy Beggy

19. Dan Setzler

18. Hunter Barfield

17. Leroy Garrett

16. Mike Mizanin

15. Alton Williams

14. Zach Nichols

13. Abram Boise

12. Theo Vonkurnatowski

11. Derrick Kosinski

10. Brad Fiorenza

9. Darrell Taylor

8. Kenny Santucci

7. Mark Long

6. Wes Bergmann

5. Evan Starkman

4. Landon Lueck

3. Jordan Wiseley

2. Johnny Devenanzio

1. CT Tamburello