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Penn State's Megaludis earns Big Ten Medal of Honor

Nico Megaludis, 2016 NCAA wrestling champion, is one of two Penn State athletes to be named Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for 2015-16.

Britt Eckerstrom of the Nittany Lions' women's soccer team is also receiving the award, established by the Big Ten more than a century ago to recognize both academic and athletic excellence.

Nico Megaludis celebrates after winning the NCAA title on Saturday night (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Nico Megaludis capped off his Penn State wrestling career by winning the 125-pound title at the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in March, becoming the 24th Nittany Lion wrestler to have won an individual national title. His first individual title helped Penn State wrestling to its fifth NCAA team title in the last six years.

With that championship, Megaludis became a four-time NCAA All-American, becoming only the ninth Nittany Lion to earn that distinction in more than a century of Penn State wrestling. Megaludis concluded his collegiate mat career with a 119-19 overall record.

Megaludis earned additional honors beyond the mat. The finance major was selected a 2016 first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, earned three Academic All-Big Ten honors and is a three-time first team NWCA National All-Academic selection.

First presented in 1915 to one student from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work," the Big Ten Medal of Honor has been presented to nearly 1,400 students in the 102-year history of the award. However, of the more than 9,500 student-athletes competing in intercollegiate sports within the 14-school conference during the 2015-16 season, only 28 have earned this prestigious award this year ... including Megaludis and Eckerstrom.

Megaludis is the second consecutive Penn State wrestler to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Last year, Matt Brown -- 2015 NCAA 174-pound champion -- received the award.

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