Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee Spotlight - Jesse Delgado (Illinois)

Delgado was the 2014 NCAA champion at 125 pounds, successfully defending his 2013 NCAA title.

Delgado was the 2014 NCAA champion at 125 pounds, successfully defending his 2013 NCAA title.

June 21, 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.

Jesse Delgado – Illinois – Wrestling

Delgado was the 2014 NCAA champion at 125 pounds, successfully defending his 2013 NCAA title to become Illinois' first back-to-back national champion in 56 years. He posted a 3-2 decision over No. 2 seed Nahshon Garrett of Cornell in the title match. He also repeated as Big Ten champion at 125, defeating No. 1 seed Nico Megaludis of Penn State, 3-2, in double overtime. Delgado compiled a 30-2 record during his junior campaign, his .938 win percentage ranking seventh in school history. Click HERE for more information on Jesse.

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

Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern wrestling

Jannelle Flaws, Illinois soccer

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