Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee - MINN's Tony Nelson

Nelson won his second consecutive NCAA heavyweight championship

June 21, 2013

Through Tuesday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 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 next week.

Tony Nelson – Minnesota – Wrestling
Nelson, a three-time All-American, won his second consecutive NCAA heavyweight championship to become only the fifth Golden Gopher in program history to win back-to-back national titles. He finished the year with a 33-1 overall record, including unblemished marks in overall dual (15-0) and conference competition (8-0). Nelson tallied an 8-1 record against ranked opponents, with victories over four grapplers in the top 10. The Cambridge, Minn., native won his second Big Ten Championship at heavyweight en route to first-team All-Conference honors. Click HERE for more information on Tony.

Previously Highlighted Nominees:

Ed Ruth, Penn State wrestling

Christine Nairn, Penn State women's soccer

Geoff Davis, Purdue men's track & field 

Casey Matthews, Purdue women's swimming & diving 

Derek St. John, Iowa wrestling

Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey    

Connor Jaeger, Michigan men's swimming & diving



Joanna Sampson, Michigan women's gymnastics

Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State football  

Caroline Powers, Michigan State women's golf