June 18, 2012
Through Monday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference’s Jesse Owens Male and Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced live on BTN’s season-ending awards show on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Kellen Russell – Michigan – Wrestling
Russell capped his collegiate career with his second straight NCAA title, posting a near-perfect 33-1 record at 141 pounds. The senior also won his fourth Big Ten title, making him the 11th four-time Big Ten Champion in conference history and the first in Michigan annals. For his efforts, he was named Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships at the conference meet. He ended his career with a 134-12 record, tying for eighth place on Michigan's all-time wins list and his career win percentage (.918) ranks second in program history. Click HERE for more information on Kellen.
Previously Highlighted Nominees:
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota volleyball