ROSEMONT, Ill. – Minnesota’s Justin Karstadt and Ohio State’s Jake Martin received 2017 Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Year honors, the Big Ten announced Monday.
Karstadt was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Year after collecting 22 podium finishes during the season, including 10 individual event titles (5-AA; 2-PH; 2-SR; 1-PB). The Toronto, Ontario, native is ranked in the top 10 nationally in three events, including seventh in the all-around (82.317 average score), ninth on pommel horse (13.955) and 10th on still rings (14.005). Karstadt earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors twice this season for his efforts against Arizona State and Iowa on March 13 and against Nebraska on March 27. The sophomore was also named the National Gymnast of the Week by the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) on March 28.
Martin earned Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Year honors after winning eight individual event titles this season. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree is ranked in the top 20 nationally in three events, including fourth on high bar (14.436 average score), sixth in the all-around (83.588) and 17th on pommel horse (13.914). The Oviedo, Florida, native holds two team-best scores this season in the all-around (85.300) and on high bar (14.850), with both scores ranking in the top 10 nationally at sixth and seventh, respectively. Martin earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors twice this season for his efforts at the Windy City Invite on Jan. 16 and against Michigan on Feb. 6. Martin was also named a finalist for the 2017 Nissen-Emery Award by the College Gymnastics Association. In order for an athlete to be considered for the award, one must excel in gymnastics, display good sportsmanship and maintain a high standard of scholarship throughout their career.
The 2017 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships, hosted by Illinois, open Friday and conclude Saturday at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Friday’s session will feature the team and all-around competitions, while the individual event finals will be held during Saturday evening’s portion of the championships. BTN will provide live coverage of both sessions, with events on Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Big Ten Freshman and Coach of the Year honors will be announced following the Big Ten Championships.