Who was the best male college athlete from the 2014 sports year? How about the best male U.S. Olympian? Those are just two of the six categories in which a current or former Big Ten athlete is nominated for at this year’s ESPY Awards on July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A.
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BTN unveiled the Big Ten Athlete of the Year for the men and women on Monday night’s “This Week in the Big Ten.” Penn State’s four-time NCAA champion David Taylor claimed the men’s honor and Purdue’s Dani Bunch took home the women’s hardware. Watch our interview with Taylor here and see Bunch’s in this post.
The 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships has reached Saturday night’s finals, and Minnesota sits atop the team standings. The Gophers, with 104 points, lead three-time reigning champ and Big Ten rival Penn State (101.5), which is in second place. Iowa (74.5) is fourth, Ohio State (52) seventh and Nebraska (43.5) 10th. See the full standings in this post.
Three-time reigning NCAA champ Penn State enters the final day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships in first place. The Nittany Lions have amassed 91 points after the first two days, just ahead of second-place Minnesota (90.5) and third-place Oklahoma State (87.5).
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The first day of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships is complete, and Penn State sits in first place. The Nittany Lions are one of two teams with 10 wrestlers still alive as they seek their fourth straight NCAA title. Penn State leads the team race with 26.5 points, just ahead of Oklahoma State and Minnesota, who are tied for second with 21.5 each.
Penn State won its fourth straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on Sunday. The Nittany Lions (140.5) become just the fifth school to win four consecutive conference titles and the first since Iowa won 25 in a row from 1974-1998. Penn State took home two individual titles, as Ed Ruth and David Taylor closed their careers as just the 12th and 13th wrestlers to be four-time champs.