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Penn State Wrestling: Bo Nickal Named Big Ten Male Athlete Of The Year

by on July 03, 2019 11:56 AM

Nittany Lion wrestler Bo Nickal has been named the 2019 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year. He is the first Penn State student to be named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year since fellow wrestler David Taylor was honored in 2014.

A wrestler has won the award five out of the last six years.

Nickal is the third Penn State male student to be recognized and 11th wrestler to win the award. Men’s gymnast Luis Vargas was the first Nittany Lion to be honored, earning the award in 2005.

Rounding out his phenomenal career, Nickal was the 2019 NCAA Champion at 197 pounds and and was awarded the 2019 Dan Hodge Trophy as the most outstanding college wrestler of the year. He was named the 2019 Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Year (with teammate Jason Nolf) following a season in which he claimed his third Big Ten title. Overall, Nickal was 120-3 at Penn State with 59 pins, 12 technical falls and 23 majors.

He was 19-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, winning three national titles.  

Nickal was recently voted Penn State Male Student-Athlete of the Year, the seventh Nittany Lion wrestler to be honored as such.  

On the women's side, Iowa basketball star Megan Gustafson was named the female athlete of the year, she is the first Big Ten student to be named consensus national player of the year (Associated Press, ESPN, Naismith and the United States Basketball Writers Association).


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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