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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 27

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Big Ten Individual Champions
At least 280 Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned individual Big Ten Champions during their careers. Two men's cross country runners were victorious each year they competed - Illinois' Craig Virgin (1977) and Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1998), while Iowa's Ed Banach (1983) took home four straight wrestling crowns. Wisconsin's Kathy Butler (1997) was a 16-time Big Ten Champion in track & field, while Michigan's Carl Johnson (1920) was an eight-time winner in his day. Indiana swimmer Gary Hall (1973) won 10 conference titles and Michigan gymnast Beth Wymer (1995) earned 15 crowns.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

Penn State's Taylor Wins Hodge Trophy

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Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler David Taylor, firmly established as one of collegiate wrestling's all-time greats, has been named the 2014 Dan Hodge Trophy Winner, collegiate wrestling's Heisman Trophy. Taylor, who recently capped off a stellar collegiate career with an unbeaten season and his second NCAA individual title, won the award for the second time. For just the third time in the 20-year history of the Dan Hodge Trophy, college wrestling's top award will go to same individual more than once in a career. Taylor dominated the official ballots in the same way he did opponents on the mat, winning 38 of the 43 official votes from the Hodge Trophy Voting Committee. Taylor joins his coach and three-time winner Cael Sanderson (2000-2002) and Missouri's Ben Askren (2006-07) as the only multiple-time winners in the two-decade history of the award, as he also won the Hodge in 2012. A wrestler from a Big Ten school has taken home the honor on eight occasions, including six out of the last seven years.

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2013-14 Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013-14 wrestling season, highlighted by Penn State's fourth-straight NCAA and Big Ten titles, six individual national crowns and a three teams earning a share of the Big Ten Dual-Meet Championship - Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State.

Four-Peat: Penn State won the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championship title on March 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The crown marked the fourth straight national title for the Nittany Lions and the eighth year in a row that a Big Ten school has taken home the NCAA Championship. Prior to Penn State's run of four straight crowns, Iowa claimed three consecutive titles from 2008-10 and Minnesota won the championship in 2007. In a tightly contested team race, Penn State tallied 109.5 points to finish 5.5 points ahead of second place Minnesota (104.0 points). Oklahoma State, Iowa and Edinboro rounded out the top five with 96.5, 78.5 and 62.0 points, respectively. Ohio State and Northwestern also finished in the top 10, as the Buckeyes took sixth place (57.0 points) and the Wildcats finished in ninth (46.0). For more on the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

Individual Accomplishments: The Nittany Lions' Ed Ruth (184 pounds) and David Taylor (165) each won individual titles to push Penn State to the national crown. Ruth becomes the first Nittany Lion to win three NCAA titles, while Taylor took home his second national title. Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis (149) and Ohio State's Logan Stieber (141) also won national championships to give the Big Ten six of the 10 individual crowns. Stieber's title marked his third NCAA title, while Delgado took home his second national championship.

All-America Awards: Over 40 percent of the All-America honors awarded at the NCAA Championships were given to Big Ten wrestlers, as the conference grapplers earned 34 of the 80 accolades. Minnesota and Penn State led the way with seven wrestlers who were tabbed All-Americans after placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes, followed by Iowa with six and Northwestern with three. Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin each placed two in the top eight, while Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State each had one. Click HERE to see the full list of All-Americans.

Making Hodge History: Penn State's David Taylor was named the 2014 Hodge Trophy Winner for the second time in his career, given to the nation's top wrestler. He becomes just the third grappler to earn the award more than once, joining head coach Cael Sanderson and Missouri's Ben Askren. A wrestler from a Big Ten school has taken home the honor on eight occasions, including six out of the last seven years. Click HERE for more on the Hodge Trophy.

Nationally Noticed: Three Big Ten wrestlers took home awards from the NCAA on Wednesday, as Indiana's Taylor Walsh, Ohio State's Logan Stieber and Penn State's David Taylor earned recognition from the national office. Taylor took home the Most Dominant Wrestler Award, while Taylor earned the award for most pins and Stieber collected the honor for most tech falls. For more on the NCAA awards, click HERE.

We Are The Champions: Penn State won its fourth-straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on March 9, claiming first place with a score of 140.5. The Nittany Lions become just the fifth school to win four consecutive conference titles and the first since Iowa won 25 successive crowns from 1974-1998. Penn State took home two individual titles, as Ed Ruth and David Taylor closed their careers as just the 12th and 13th wrestlers to be crowned four-time Big Ten Champions. Iowa finished in second place with 134 points, while Minnesota took third with 114.5. Fourth-place Ohio State (86.5 points) and fifth-place Nebraska (79 points) rounded out the top five. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

And The Big Ten Awards Go To: The 2014 All-Big Ten team, along with the conference's individual award winners, were announced following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Penn State's David Taylor was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and Wrestler of the Championships. The senior becomes just the second grappler to be named Wrestler of the Year three times, joining Iowa's Mark Ironside (1996-98). He is also the fourth consecutive Nittany Lion to be named Wrestler of the Championships. Head Coach Cael Sanderson took home Coach of the Year honors for the fourth year in a row, while Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Tsirtsis becomes the second Wildcat to win the honor, joining Scott Schatzman in 1996. Earning spots on the All-Big Ten team after winning their respective weight class titles were Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285), Nebraska's James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174), Tsirtsis (149), Ohio State's Logan Stieber (141) and Penn State's Ed Ruth (184) and Taylor (165).

Trio Share Big Ten Dual-Meet Title: Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State each finished with a 7-1 record in conference duals en route to shares of the Big Ten regular season dual-meet title. For more on each team's title, click here: Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State.

Gophers Golden At The National Duals Championship: Minnesota won its third consecutive NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship, emerging victorious from the 32-team field. The Gophers were able to claim six of the ten bouts, including three majors and a fall, en route to the National Duals championship. Click HERE to read more on the EAS/NWCA National Dual Championship.

Head Of The Class: The Big Ten Conference on March 26 recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who were named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 97 wrestlers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The list of grapplers included 48 repeat winners, including five-time honoree James English of Penn State. Not only did fellow Nittany Lion and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year David Taylor win his fourth individual conference title this season, he was also named an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fourth time. Other four-time honorees include Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc, Iowa's Joe DuCharme, Michigan State's Nick Kaczanowski, Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus and Purdue's Camden Eppert and Kyle Mosier. Twelve of the 97 grapplers who earned Academic All-Conference distinction also collected All-America laurels at the NCAA Championships this season: Iowa's Nathan Burak, Michigan's Steve Dutton, Michigan State's Michael McClure, Minnesota's Scott Schiller, Steinhaus and Danny Zilverberg, Nebraska's Robert Kokesh, Northwestern's Pierce Harger, Penn State's Matt Brown, English, Nico Megaludis and Taylor. For the complete list of honored wrestlers, click HERE.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 19

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At least twenty-one Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won gold medals in the Olympics, including Illinois' Robert E. Richards (1947, track & field), Indiana's Steve Alford (1987, basketball), Jim Montgomery (1977, swimming), Ken Sitzberger (1967, diving) and Michelle Venturella (1995, softball), Iowa's Ed Banach (1983, wrestling) and Charles Darling (1952, basketball), Michigan's Mike Barrowman (1991, swimming), Brent Lang (1990, swimming) and Davis Tarwater (2006, swimming), Minnesota's Bill Baker (1979, hockey) and Jack McCartan (1958, hockey), Northwestern's Ralph Breyer (1925, swimming) and Harold Osborn (1915, track & field), Ohio State's Bruce Ira Harlan (1950, diving), Bill Hosket (1968, basketball), Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball), Sarah Josephson (1985, synchronized swimming), Katie Smith (1996, basketball) and Harry Dwight Steel (1924, wrestling) and Wisconsin's Carla MacLeod (2005, ice hockey). 
The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 97 wrestlers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The list of grapplers included 48 repeat winners, including five-time honoree James English of Penn State. Not only did fellow Nittany Lion and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year David Taylor win his fourth individual conference title this season, he was also named an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fourth time. Other four-time honorees include Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc, Iowa's Joe DuCharme, Michigan State's Nick Kaczanowski, Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus and Purdue's Camden Eppert and Kyle Mosier.

Twelve of the 97 grapplers who earned Academic All-Conference distinction also collected All-America laurels at the NCAA Championships this season: Iowa's Nathan Burak, Michigan's Steve Dutton, Michigan State's Michael McClure, Minnesota's Scott Schiller, Steinhaus and Danny Zilverberg, Nebraska's Robert Kokesh, Northwestern's Pierce Harger, Penn State's Matt Brown, English, Nico Megaludis and Taylor.

For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten wrestlers is below.

Adam Acheson, ILL (3)
Logan Arlis, ILL (2)
Zac Brunson, ILL
Guy Kirby, ILL
Matt Nora, ILL (2)
Zane Richards, ILL
Steven Rodrigues, ILL (2)
Cheney Dale, IND (3)
Jonathan Edwards, IND
Matt Irick, IND 
Preston Keiffer, IND (3)
Ryan LeBlanc, IND (4)  
Trevor Moody, IND
Joe Randazzo, IND (2)
Alonzo Shepherd, IND
Nathan Burak, IOWA*
Joe DuCharme, IOWA (4)
Josh Dziewa, IOWA (3)
Jeremy Fahler, IOWA (2)
Brody Grothus, IOWA (2)
Josh Haug, IOWA (3)   
Kris Klapprodt, IOWA (2)
Alex Meyer, IOWA 
Steve Dutton, MICH*
Chris Heald, MICH (3)
Ben Ralston, MICH
Collin Zeerip, MICH (2)
Eric Ford, MSU (3)
Luke Jones, MSU   
Zach Juchartz, MSU
Nick Kaczanowski, MSU (4)  
Michael McClure, MSU* 
Nick McDiarmid, MSU
Kevin Nash, MSU (3) 
Nick Trimble, MSU   
Ryan Watts, MSU (2)
Jordan Wohlfert, MSU  
Garth Yenter, MSU
Jordan Bremer, MINN
Alex Daugherty, MINN
Thomas Giaimo, MINN (3)
Randy Hanson, MINN (2)
Corey Hodowanic, MINN (2)
Jordan Kingsley, MINN  
Michael Kroells, MINN 
Levi Nayes, MINN
Brett Pfarr, MINN  
Conrad Rangell, MINN
Scott Schiller, MINN (3)*   
Joshua Shupe, MINN
Pat Smith, MINN (2)  
Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (4)* 
Danny Zilverberg, MINN (2)*
Gage Anderson, NEB
Eric Coufal, NEB
Spencer Johnson, NEB (2)  
Adam Joseph, NEB
Robert Kokesh, NEB* 
Tim Lambert, NEB    
Shawn Nagel, NEB (3)
Ian Ousley, NEB (2) 
Aaron Studebaker, NEB 
Jake Sueflohn, NEB  
John Svoboda, NEB (3)
Austin Wilson, NEB (2)
John Coukos, NU (3)
Robert Coukos, NU
Pat Greco, NU (3)
Pierce Harger, NU (3)* 
Dylan Marriott, NU
Justin Meyers, NU
Garrison White, NU
Jacob Bresciani, OSU
Josh Fox, OSU
Ray Gordon, OSU
Randy Languis, OSU
Ian Paddock, OSU (3)
Josh Whitt, OSU 
Matthew Brown, PSU (2)*  
James English, PSU (5)*
Jonathan Gingrich, PSU
Nicholas Megaludis, PSU (2)*
David Taylor, PSU (4)*
Camden Eppert, PUR (4)
Andy Hoselton, PUR (2) 
Patrick Kissel, PUR (3)
Kyle Mosier, PUR (4)
Luke Schroeder, PUR
Andy Wiseman, PUR (3)
Frank Cousins, WIS (2)
Jackson Hein, WIS
Brett Hochstaetter, WIS (2)
Scott Liegel, WIS 
Connor Medbery, WIS (2)
TJ Ruschell, WIS
Nic Veling, WIS
Brandon Weber, WIS

(2) - Two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
(3) - Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
(4) - Four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
(5) - Five-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
* - 2014 All-American

Three Wrestlers Earn NCAA Awards

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Three Big Ten wrestlers took home awards from the NCAA on Wednesday, as Indiana's Taylor Walsh, Ohio State's Logan Stieber and Penn State's David Taylor earned recognition from the national office.

Taylor earned the Most Dominant Wrestler Award after finishing the season undefeated (34-0) on the way to the 165-pound national championship. Taylor had three pins and a major decision before shutting out, 6-0, Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State in the final. Taylor finished the season with an average of 5.0909 points, which was the highest average across all divisions.

Walsh earned the award for most pins in a tight race that came down to time against Bucknell heavyweight Joe Stolfi.  Both wrestlers finished the season with 22 pins, but Walsh's combined time of 65:09 at 157 pounds was 51 seconds faster than Stolfi. Walsh earned a pin against Alex Hudson of Chattanooga in 2:19 in the first round in Oklahoma City to clinch the award.

Stieber won his third consecutive national championship in Oklahoma City, in addition to taking the award for most tech falls with 11 in 2013-14, tied for the most across divisions. He earned his 11th tech fall of the season in the second round of the tournament with a 17-1 decision in 4:52 over Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State.

Eighty-two Big Ten wrestlers are among the field of 330 competitors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, the selection committee announced on Wednesday. The Big Ten contingent is made up of 59 seeded wrestlers, including five No. 1 seeds.

The 2014 NCAA Championships are set for March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The complete release from the NCAA, along with brackets and at-large qualifiers, can be found HERE. The complete breakdown of Big Ten wrestlers, along with their seed, competing in the NCAA Championships can be found below.

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Jesse Delgado, ILL (1)
Cory Clark, IOWA (8)
Conor Youtsey, MICH
Tim Lambert, NEB (12)
Nick Roberts, OSU
Nico Megaludis, PSU (3)
Ryan Taylor, WIS (7)

133
Zane Richards, ILL (14)
Tony Ramos, IOWA (3)
Rossi Bruno, MICH
David Thorn, MINN (8)
Dom Malone, NU
Johnni DiJulius, OSU (9)
Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
Cashe Quiroga, PUR (7)
Tyler Graff, WIS (5)

141
Steven Rodrigues, ILL
Josh Dziewa, IOWA
Steve Dutton, MICH (13)
Chris Dardanes, MINN (6)
Logan Stieber, OSU (2)
Zain Retherford, PSU (3)
Danny Sabatello, PUR

149
Brody Grothus, IOWA (13)
Eric Grajales, MICH (9)
Nick Dardanes, MINN (2)
Jake Sueflohn, NEB (6)
Jason Tsirtsis, NU (5)
Ian Paddock, OSU
James English, PSU
Rylan Lubeck, WIS

157
Zach Brunson, ILL (16)
Taylor Walsh, IND (11)
Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
Brian Murphy, MICH
Dylan Ness, MINN (9)
James Green, NEB (1)
Dylan Alton, PSU (13)
Isaac Jordan, WIS (5)

165
Jackson Morse, ILL (12)
Ryan Leblanc, IND
Nick Moore, IOWA (5)
Dan Yates, MICH (13)
Dan Zilverberg, MINN (15)
Austin Wilson, NEB
Pierce Harger, NU (7)
David Taylor, PSU (1)

174
Tony Dallago, ILL
Mike Evans, IOWA (4)
Logan Storley, MINN (6)
Robert Kokesh, NEB (3)
Mark Martin, OSU (14)
Matt Brown, PSU (5)
Scott Liegel, WIS

184
Lazarus Reyes, ILL
Luke Sheridan, IND
Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (5)
Domenic Abounader, MICH (9)
John Rizqallah, MSU (14)
Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (7)
Tim Dudley, NEB (8)
Kenny Courts, OSU (10)
Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
Jackson Hein, WIS

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Mario Gonzalez, ILL
Nathan Burak, IOWA (11)
Scott Schiller, MINN (4)
Alex Polizzi, NU (16)
Nick Heflin, OSU (1)
Morgan McIntosh, PSU (3)
Braden Atwood, PUR (15)
Tim McCall, WIS

285
Adam Chalfant, IND (3)
Bobby Telford, IOWA (5)
Adam Coon, MICH (4)
Mike McClure, MSU (7)
Tony Nelson, MINN (1)
Collin Jensen, NEB
Mike McMullan, NU (6)
Nick Tavanello, OSU
Jon Gingrich, PSU (14)
Connor Medbery, WIS (9)

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 65 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, and the conference boasts the top three squads in the team rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten squads and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
2. Iowa
3. Minnesota
8. Michigan
10. Nebraska
12. Ohio State
13. Wisconsin
14. Northwestern
18. Indiana
20. Illinois
T33. Michigan State
T38. Purdue

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2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
4. Cory Clark, IOWA
9. Ryan Taylor, WIS
11. Tim Lambert, NEB
15. Conor Youtsey, MICH

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3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Tyler Graff, WIS
7. David Thorn, MINN
8. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
10. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
13. Zane Richards, ILL
15. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
19. Rossi Bruno, MICH

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2. Zain Retherford, PSU
3. Logan Stieber, OSU
5. Chris Dardanes, MINN
6. Steve Dutton, MICH
13. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
19. Danny Sabatello, PUR

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2. Nick Dardanes, MINN
5. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Brody Grothus, IOWA
8. Eric Grajales, MICH
18. Ian Paddock, OSU

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2. Isaac Jordan, WIS
3. James Green, NEB
4. Derek St. John, IOWA
6. Dylan Ness, MINN
7. Dylan Alton, PSU
8. Taylor Walsh, IND
13. Brian Murphy, MICH

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1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
6. Pierce Harger, NU
10. Dan Yates, MICH
13. Jackson Morse, ILL
20. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

174
3. Robert Kokesh, NEB
4. Matt Brown, PSU
5. Mike Evans, IOWA
6. Logan Storley, MINN
13. Mark Martin, OSU
20. Scott Liegel, WIS

184

2. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
8. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
9. TJ Dudley, NEB
11. Kenny Courts, OSU
15. Domenic Abounader, MICH

197
3. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
4. Nick Heflin, OSU
5. Scott Schiller, MINN
10. Braden Atwood, PUR
13. Nathan Burak, IOWA
19. Alex Polizzi, NU

Hwt
1. Adam Coon, MICH
2. Adam Chalfant, IND
4. Mike McMullan, NU
5. Bobby Telford, IOWA
6. Tony Nelson, MINN
7. Mike McClure, MSU
8. Connor Medbery, WIS
14. Jimmy Lawson, PSU









In The Wrestling Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked or receiving votes in this week's USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, with three conference squads claiming the top three spots and five in the top 10. Minnesota tops the poll at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Iowa, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 11 Ohio State, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 20 Illinois. Purdue is receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.