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