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Big Ten announces Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners

The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and

Former Minnesota wrestler Verne Gagne, 89, passes away

The University of Minnesota and the wrestling community lost a legend late Monday night, as ex-Minnesota wrestler Verne Gagne, 89, passed away after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Gagne won four Big Ten championships and was the program’s first three-time All-America (1947, 1948 and 1949) and first two-time NCAA champion (1948 and 1949). “Verne represents what’s great about the University of Minnesota and our wrestling program,” Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said in a school release. “He was an incredible athlete — Big Ten champ, national champ, Olympian — but he also selflessly served his country, took academics seriously

Logan Stieber Q&A: 'To be the first team to win a title is unbelievable'

Logan Stieber forever has a place in the proud Big Ten wrestling record books. The Ohio State senior became the first Big Ten wrestler to win four individual NCAA titles late last month, and just the fourth in the sport to do so. Even better: Stieber’s record came in a special year, one when the Buckeyes won their first national championship. BTN.com recently caught up with Stieber for a quick Q&A. See it below. Q: What went through your mind when the referee raised your arm to signify your fourth NCAA title? Logan Stieber: A feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment

Ohio State's Logan Stieber wins fourth NCAA wrestling national title

Ohio State senior Logan Stieber accomplished something on Saturday night that had only been done three times in NCAA history. [ MORE: Ohio State claims program’s first NCAA championship ] With his victory in the 141-pound finals over Edinboro’s Mitchell Port, Stieber became the fourth wrestler to win four individual NCAA titles. Perhaps most impressive, Stieber is the first wrestler in the proud and dominant history of the Big Ten to accomplish the feat. He also finished his career on a 50-match winning streak, including a 29-0 record in 2014-15. It was a great few days in St. Louis for

Photo: OSU honors Kosta Karageorge at NCAA wrestling championships

Ohio State clinched its first NCAA wrestling crown Saturday afternoon, and it did so while wearing late former teammate Kosta Karageorge’s initials on its singlet. [ MORE: View team standings entering Saturday night’s finals ] Karageorge, who was found dead on Nov. 30, 2014, the day after the Michigan-Ohio State game, wrestled for Ohio State for three seasons before joining the football team this past season. The Buckeyes also wore Karageorge’s “KK” initials on their left shoulder straps at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships earlier this month. What a great gesture and tribute. Not to be forgotten, the Ohio State

Ohio State in first place entering final day of NCAA Wrestling Championships

Ohio State sits in first place heading into the final day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Buckeyes currently have 86.5 points after Friday’s action, 13.5 points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State is in sixth place with 68 points, while Michigan (51), Minnesota (49) and Nebraska (49) round out the Big Ten teams in the top 10. The Buckeyes got a huge boost on Friday evening with victories from Nathan Tomasello (125), Logan Stieber (141) and Kyle Snyder (197). Iowa sophomore Cory Clark recorded a 7-5 win over Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon to advance to the

Ohio State in first place after Session 2 of NCAA wrestling championships

Ohio State currently sits in first place after the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Ohio State tallied 23 points, two points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State sits in fourth place with 18.5 points, while Nebraska rounds out the Top 5 teams with 18 total points. Five Ohio State wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. Three-time national champion Logan Stieber won by a technical fall and pin, while Big Ten champion Nathan Tomasello, redshirt freshman Bo Jordan, redshirt junior Kenny Courts and true freshman Kyle Snyder all went 2-0 in the

Iowa wrestling leads nation in attendance for ninth straight season

The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the ninth consecutive season, according to the annual Division I attendance report released by Roby Publishing. Iowa averaged 8,358 fans in six duals and led the country in total attendance with 55,390 fans attending seven home dates (including Iowa City Duals). The Hawkeyes averaged at least 8,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season. Right behind Iowa was Penn State, Minnesota and Ohio State, giving the Big Ten four of the nation’s top five attendance marks. Rutgers finished sixth, as well, in its first Big Ten season. For record