Nathan Tomasello (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Ohio State wrestler Nathan Tomasello has earned the 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for Buckeye male athletes, the Big Ten Conference announced Thursday.
Jincy Dunne of the Ohio State women's ice hockey team was the female recipient of the school's 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
Here's how the award works: One member of each varsity sports team at each of the fourteen Big Ten schools was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected; in the case of Ohio State, those two honorees were Nathan Tomasello and Jincy Dunne.
All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Tomasello completed his on-the-mat career at Ohio State by winning his fourth individual Big Ten title, becoming only the 15th wrestler in conference history to do so. Among his other Buckeye career highlights: winning the 125-pound crown at the 2016 NCAAs… and compiling a 100-8 overall record. The wrestler known as "NATO" also made history by joining fellow seniors Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder to represent the first teammate trio in NCAA history to each earn their fourth All-American honor in the same season. Tomasello was just as impressive in the classroom, as a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, as well as being named an NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) All-Academic honoree three times while completing two degrees.
Tomasello isn't the only wrestler to have earned the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for his school this year. Spencer Lee, 2018 NCAA champ at 125 pounds, was named the male recipient of the same honor for the University of Iowa.