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 Big Ten had a successful run at the NCAA Championships as Penn State won its fourth consecutive title and Big Ten athletes took home six of the 10 individual titles. Kara Lentz wraps up the wrestling season and talks to Logan Stieber, Ohio State’s three-time wrestling champion.
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Make it four straight NCAA titles for Penn State wrestling. The team’s incredible run continued this weekend as it held off Big Ten rival Minnesota to take the NCAA Wrestling Championships. This marks the eighth year in a row that a Big Ten school has won the event. Prior to Penn State’s run of four straight crowns, Iowa won three straight (2008-10) and Minnesota won one (2007).
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.