100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 77

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Ohio State's Mike Repasky (1994, Baseball)
A 1994 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Repasky helped the Ohio State baseball team to three Big Ten Championships in his four seasons on campus, winning titles in 1991, 1993 and 1994. He was named the 1994 Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, guiding the Buckeyes to their second tournament title in program history. Serving as captain as a junior and senior, he finished his career with a .346 batting average, which ranks among the program's top 25 all-time. Repasky was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and garnered Academic All-America honors in 1993.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 76

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Iowa's Brian Wujcik (1990, Baseball)
As a senior in 1990, Wujcik became the first Hawkeye in a decade to win a Big Ten batting title, finishing with a .453 average and leading Iowa to the regular season title. The outfielder was named Iowa's Bob Oldis, Jr., Team Most Valuable Player, first-team All-Big Ten and collected first-team All-Region IV honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was also a second-team Academic All-American. Following the season, Wujcik was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 75

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Wisconsin's John Byce (1990, Hockey)
Byce, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990, tallied 165 points in 169 career games at Wisconsin. This includes a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA championship game, which the Badgers won 7-3 to claim their fifth national title. Within a week of that contest, Byce was playing for the Boston Bruins, and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Final. A native of Madison, Wis., Byce played professionally through the 1999-00 season. He returned to the Wisconsin School of Business and earned his MBA in Real Estate and Corporate Land Economics in 2001, and is now in the corporate real estate business.

Purdue Tabs Ersland Head Wrestling Coach

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Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke announced the hiring of Tony Ersland as head wrestling coach. Ersland takes the helm of the Boilermaker program with extensive Division I coaching experience and success in the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mid-American conferences.

Ersland comes to Purdue after serving as an assistant coach at Nebraska for the past eight seasons. While on staff, the Huskers have tallied a 102-41-2 dual record, seven top-20 team finishes at the NCAA Championships and grapplers have earned 17 All-America honors. Ersland, who primarily worked with the upper weights, coached three-time All-American, two-time NCAA finalist and 2009 Big 12 champion and Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet Craig Brester at 197 pounds. He also coached four-time qualifiers in Josh Ihnen (184) and Tucker Lane (285).

During his 17 years, Ersland has played an integral role in developing student-athletes that are accomplished on the mat and nationally recognized. He has had 86 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships, with 28 earning All-America honors and four finishing at the top of the podium. Two of his pupils, Jordan Burroughs and Jake Herbert, earned the highest honor a collegiate grappler can receive in the Dan Hodge Award. Ersland continued to develop Burroughs on the international stage as he claimed the 2011 and 2013 World titles at 74 kg. In 2012, Burroughs claimed Olympic gold in London.

Purdue Release

Nineteen Big Ten Golfers Earn PING All-Region Honors

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The Golf Coaches Association of America announced its Division I PING All-Region honorees on Thursday.  A total of 157 players across six regions earned all-region honors, including 19 Big Ten golfers. The complete list of Big Ten PING All-Region award recipients can be found below.

Northeast
JD Dornes, Penn State
Jens Talbert, Penn State

Midwest
Brian Campbell, Illinois
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Jonathan Hauter, Illinois
Brian Bullington, Iowa
Steven Ihm, Iowa
Raymond Knoll, Iowa
Ian Vandersee, Iowa
Brett McIntosh, Michigan
Chris O'Neill, Michigan
Jose Mendez, Minnesota
Jack Perry, Northwestern
Frederik Hammer, Ohio State
Boo Timko, Ohio State
Austin Eoff, Purdue
Enzo Perez, Purdue
Adam Schenk, Purdue

Click here for the complete release.

The NCAA announced today the participants for the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championship competition, scheduled for May 29-31. The East Region will be held at North Florida in Jacksonville, while the West Region is in Fayetteville, Ark. The qualifiers out of these regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.

Qualifiers can be found by selecting the links below:

Men: East - West
Women: East - West

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Three Big Ten student-athletes in one sport collected awards from the conference office during the week of May 19. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Ryan Richardson, MSU
Pitcher of the Week - Alec Crawford, MINN
Freshman of the Week - Joe Hoscheit, NU


100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 74

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Michigan's Ryan Bertin (2005, Wrestling)
A 2005 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, Bertin was a two-time NCAA champion for the Michigan wrestling team, twice winning the 157-pound title (2003 and2005). He was an All-American four times, claimed Michigan's first NCAA individual title in 18 years and became the fifth multiple champion in U-M history. The 2005 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, Bertin finished his college career with a 142-21 career record, and was also a three-time NWCA All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten selection. He currently is senior vice president at Signature Associates.

Check out this Q&A with Bertin to learn more about how winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor helped him later in life.

Purdue's Andie Varsho, Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield were all named to the Capital One Academic All-America Teams on Thursday. Varsho was a first-team selection, while Bast and Sappingfield both received second-team All-America nods.

Varsho became the first two-time Academic All-American in Boilermaker history. She is an organizational leadership and supervision major and will graduate in August. The two-time Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was named a third-team Academic All-American last season.

Bast was named second-team Academic All-America for the second straight year. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well as an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and a 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Sappingfield is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2012-13) and a three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award. She is in the running for the Senior CLASS Award, one of 10 finalists from across the country. Sappingfield recently graduated from Michigan with a degree in comparative literature.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller and Michigan's Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. were all named to the NBA All-Rookie Team on Thursday. Burke, Hardaway and Oladipo were all named to the All-Rookie First Team, while Zeller was a second-team selection. All four standouts were first-round selections in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Oladipo, who was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as well as collecting Sporting News National Player of the Year honors in 2013, finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting this season. He averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. On December 3, 2013, Oladipo recorded his first triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers. Oladipo was the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

Zeller was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2012, and was named first-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2013. He played in all 82 games for the Bobcats this season, helping the Charlotte franchise to a significant improvement in wins and a berth in the NBA Playoffs. In 17.3 minutes per game, he averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Zeller was the No. 4 pick in last year's draft.

Burke was the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year and also received National Player of the Year nods from the Associated Press, USBWA and NABC. In addition, Burke was the 2013 Wooden Award and Naismith Award winner. The Utah Jazz point guard was third in the NBA's Rookie of the Year voting, finishing the season averaging 12.8 points per game, third best among rookies, 5.7 assists, second best among rookies and 3.0 rebounds per contest. Burke was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in December and January. He was the No. 9 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Hardaway, a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013, was the No. 24 pick in last year's NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He was fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting after averaging 10.2 points per game, fourth-best among all rookies, and shooting 36.3 percent from three-point range. He scored in double figures in 40 games while also shooting 82.8 percent from the free throw line.