Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee Spotlight - Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern)

Tsirtsis was the 2014 NCAA and Big Ten Champion at 149 lbs.

Tsirtsis was the 2014 NCAA and Big Ten Champion at 149 lbs.

June 20, 2014

Through Monday, the Big Ten will highlight the student-athletes nominated for the conference’s Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced on Monday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on BTN.

Jason Tsirtsis – Northwestern – Wrestling

The 2014 NCAA and Big Ten Champion at 149 lbs., Tsirtsis helped lead Northwestern to a ninth-place team finish at the NCAA Championships, the Wildcats’ second top-10 finish in the last three seasons. A 2014 All-American, his .914 career winning percentage (32-3) ranks second all-time in school history. Tsirtsis ended the year on a 16-match winning streak, including three consecutive sudden death wins to take the NCAA crown. Click HERE for more information on Jason.

Previously Highlighted Nominees:

Natalie Cafone, Iowa field hockey

Tony Ramos, Iowa wrestling

Allyssa Ferrell, Michigan State golf

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State football

Dani Bunch, Purdue track & field

Raheem Mostert, Purdue track & field/football

Emily Wong, Nebraska gymnastics

Miles Ukaoma, Nebraska track & field

Catherine Shields, Ohio State rowing



Logan Stieber, Ohio State wrestling

Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin hockey

Michael Lihrman, Wisconsin track & field

Lindsay Mable, Minnesota gymnastics

Ellis Mannon, Minnesota gymnastics

Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern lacrosse