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Twelve Big Ten student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America distinction, as announced on Thursday. Ohio State's Michael Newburger was tabbed the Capital One All-America of the Year. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-America award recipients can be found below.

Men's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH - swimming & diving
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics*
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

Second Team
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving

Third Team
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

*Academic All-America of the Year

Women's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

Second Team
Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving

Third Team
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 80

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Illinois' Eric Siebert (1998, Wrestling)
A wrestling standout for the Illini, Siebert claimed the 1998 Big Ten Medal of Honor. As a senior that year, he claimed the NCAA Championship in the 150-pound weight class, completing a perfect 36-0 season. A two-time All-American, Siebert is fourth in program history with 112 career victories and was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame in 2001. He is in his 16th year as a high school teacher and coach at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill., and his squads have won two state dual meet titles.

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.

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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.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Ohio State

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Ohio State.

Aaron Craft (2014, basketball)
Craft will leave Ohio State as one of the most successful student-athletes of all-time in men's basketball. The Findlay, Ohio, native completed a decorated career with 119 wins, an average of nearly 30 victories per year. He led the Buckeyes to four NCAA tournaments, three "Sweet 16s," two "Elite Eights" and the 2012 Final Four. Individually, Craft is the all-time steals leader in Ohio State and Big Ten history with 337. Craft was equally, if not more accomplished, in the classroom. A three-time academic All-American, Ohio State's first three-time honoree and just the fourth in Big Ten history, Craft also was named the academic All-American of the year in Division I Men's Basketball, twice, one of just three to be so honored all-time. At the 2014 Final Four in Dallas, Craft was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and is a 2014 Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American.

Allison Elber (2014, rowing)
A native of Brunswick, Ohio, Elber is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. A team captain, Elber set program history as part of the first women's team at Ohio State to win an NCAA Championship. As a member of the first varsity eight, Elber won a bronze medal at the 2013 NCAA Championships and a gold medal at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, earning CRCA First Team All-Central Region, Pocock First Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten honors. Throughout her four-year collegiate career, Elber was a member of the 2013 and 2011 Big Ten Championship winning teams, guiding the Buckeyes to their third and fourth conference titles, respectively.  A psychology major, Elber will be attending graduate school at the University of Denver to study sport and performance psychology.

Laura Murray (2000, pistol)
Murray was a two-time national champion and led the Buckeyes to their first women's and open national championships in pistol. She was a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer and worked at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before becoming a staff nurse in the medical surgical unit at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, N.C.

Gina Pietras (1997, synchronized swimming)
A synchronized swimming standout at Ohio State, Gina Pietras won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. She was a three-time U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Champion, a three-time U.S. Collegiate All-American and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She was named the U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 1997 and was a letterwinner in each of her four years.

Katie Smith (1996, basketball)
Smith finished her Ohio State career as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer and won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1996. She was Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior and led the conference in scoring in 1995 and 1996. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Smith guided Ohio State to the 1993 NCAA final as a freshman, scoring 28 points in the game. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection before beginning her professional basketball career. Smith recently completed her 15-year WNBA career as one of the league's all-time leading scorers, a seven-time All-Star, a two-time champion and was named one of the top-15 players in WNBA history.

Cheryl Perozek (1991, basketball)
Ohio State's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage, Cheryl Perozek earned the Big Ten Medal Honor in 1991. She led the Buckeyes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big Ten title in 1989. Perozek was a four-time Ohio State scholar-athlete and three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. She led the conference in three-point field goal percentage in 1991 and ranks 10th on the Buckeyes' career assist list (341). She was tabbed Ohio State's team MVP in her senior season.

Mike Lanese (1986, football)
Lanese was a Rhodes Scholar who graduated from Oxford with a degree in English and political science. He became a Surface Warfare Officer on the guided missile cruiser USS Sterett. He eventually started an advertising marketing technology company.

John Frank (1984, football)
Winner of the 1984 Medal of Honor, Frank set school records for receptions and yards by a tight end during his career. Finishing with 121 receptions and 1,481 yards, he was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning the distinction as a junior in 1982 and a senior in 1983, and was named team MVP his final season. Frank's success extended beyond the field as he was named an Academic All-Big
Ten selection and an Academic All-American his junior and senior seasons and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. After two Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers, Frank returned to Ohio State and received his doctorate in June, 1992.

David Hoyles (1973, hockey)
Hoyles, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1973, tallied 131 points (64 goals, 67 assists) in 115 career games at Ohio State. The Tupperville, Ontario native led the Buckeyes with 19 goals as a freshman during the 1969-70 season, a mark which still ranks among the top 10 in freshman scoring in school history. Hoyles served as a captain of the 1971-72 squad, which posted a 24-5-0 overall record. Forty years after concluding his career, Hoyles still ranks 29th in points in school history.

Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball)
Lucas, who received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Ohio State's 1960 NCAA Championship team. He was a two-time National Player of the Year, three-time first-team consensus All-American and three-time Big Ten MVP. During his college career, the Buckeyes posted a 78-6 record and won three Big Ten titles. Lucas led the nation in field goal shooting for three consecutive years and still holds Ohio State's career records in field goal percentage (.624), free throws made (438) and rebounds (1,411). The Middletown, Ohio, native was also the youngest player on the USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. During his 11 seasons in the NBA, Lucas was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Lucas was the first men's basketball player to have his number retired at Ohio State.

Harry Steel (1924, football and wrestling)
Steel became the first Buckeye athlete to win an Olympic medal. He took gold as a heavyweight wrestler at the 1924 Paris Olympics, the same year he won the Big Ten Championship and captained the Ohio State squad. He was a part of the 1923 Buckeye team that won its first Big Ten Championship and was inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame in 1980.

Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Men's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

District 5
Mike Wilner, ILL - gymnastics
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH- swimming & diving
Greg Wolfe, MSU - ice hockey
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

District 6
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving

District 7
Eric Schryver, NEB - gymnastics

Women's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
Laura Gebhart, PSU - field hockey
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

District 5
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving

District 6

Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, WIS - rowing

District 7
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

For the complete list of honorees, click here for men's and here for women's.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Northwestern

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 During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Northwestern University.

Luke Donald (2001, golf)
Luke Donald has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 2001. He's won five career events and is currently ranked #18 in the Official World Gold Rankings. During his time at Northwestern, Donald was a four-time All-American, the 1999 College Golfer of the Year, the 1999 NCAA individual champion, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, four-time All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Big Ten champion and a 13-time tournament medalist.

Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football)
Winner of the 1997 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Fitzgerald was one of the most decorated linebackers in college football history. He was a two-time consensus All-American, earning the honor as a junior in 1995 and a senior in 1996. He was the first repeat winner of the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Now in his seventh season as the head coach at his alma mater, Fitzgerald has guided the Wildcats to five straight bowl games, including last year's Gator Bowl victory, their first bowl win since 1949. His name graces the conference's annual Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Award.

Michele Ratay (1997, basketball)
Michele Ratay was named an honorable mention All-American and Academic All-American in 1997, the same year she earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native ranks in the top 10 of various Northwestern categories, including first in three-point field goals (244), third in points (1,798) and free throws made (442), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.388), fifth in free throw percentage (.811) and ninth in assists (368). Ratay holds the Wildcat record for most three-pointers in a season, netting 85 in 1996. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1995-96) and four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree (1994-97). Ratay led Northwestern to the WNIT final in 1996 and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1997.

Shon Morris (1988, basketball)
A 1988 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Morris is Northwestern's only three-time Academic All-American. The leading scorer for the Wildcats in 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88, Morris scored 1,407 points during his career at Northwestern. Morris' 371 free throws rank fourth in program history, and his 712 rebounds are sixth all-time. A four-year letterwinner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Morris was also a three-time Northwestern MVP and was named All-Big Ten second team in 1988. The Altoona, Iowa, native serves as both a studio host and game analyst for the Big Ten Network and regularly appears on BTN Basketball Report, Tip-Off Show and The Finale. He has been an analyst for the network's Big Ten Tournament broadcasts since 2007.

Anucha Browne (1985, basketball)
A 1985 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Browne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year during her career (1984-85). She is the Wildcats all-time leading scorer (2,307 points) and rebounder (951) and ranks third in blocks (174) and seventh in steals (196). Browne was named a first-team All-American in 1985 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1983-85). She set the NCAA record by scoring 30 or more points in six straight games. Browne was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade team in 1992 and was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. She currently works for the NCAA as the Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships.

Lorie Miller (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title in her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.  

Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Riessen won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Austrialia's Margaret Court. He also won Grand Slam titles in men's doubles. Riessen swept Big Ten singles and doubles titles for three successive years and lost in the NCAA singles final in all of those years. He was a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Arthur Kraft (1960, wrestling)
Kraft won a NCAA title in the 157-pound division in 1960, one year after losing a semifinal by one point to the eventual champion. He was coached by his younger brother, Ken, who had spent three years in the military. Arthur Kraft coached for 19 years at Triton College and won three national junior college championships.

Andy Cvercko (1959, football)
Cvercko played for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers before becoming an engineer. He researched nuclear magnetic resonance at Argonne National Laboratories. In his senior year at Northwestern in 1958, Cvercko was tabbed a first-team All-American and Academic All-American. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten pick and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

William Droegemueller (1928, track)
He won a silver medal in the pole vault at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. He served in a hospital unit during World War II before starting his own ophthalmology practice.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Indiana Honorees

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As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Meghan Lappan and Ryan LeBlanc were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for Indiana University, which were announced at the Spirit of Indiana Showcase at the IU Auditorium. Lappan is a member of the water polo team, while LeBlanc is a standout on Indiana's wrestling team.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 38

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NCAA Team Champions
Over 130 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned NCAA team champions, including a few who won national titles all four years they competed. Indiana's Chuck Thomson (1972) and Gary Hall (1973) were both part of the Hoosier swimming & diving team that won six straight NCAA crowns from 1968-73. Ed Banach (1983) was on an Iowa wrestling team that won nine straight titles from 1975-86, while fellow Hawkeye Jeff McGinness (1998) started Iowa's run of six consecutive NCAA crowns from 1995-00. Northwestern's Christy Finch (2008) won four national lacrosse titles from 2005-08.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.
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