The 2016 ESPYS, hosted by John Cena, are live on ABC Wednesday, July 13th at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The flagship event is the one night where the sports world joins together to celebrate the best moments of the year.
Alex Dieringer gets in on a shot against Isaac Jordan in the NCAA finals (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)"It's a great honor to be nominated for best male college athlete," Dieringer said. "I didn't see this coming. This continues to show that my hard work has paid off. It feels good to know that what I accomplished in my career is not going unnoticed, even outside the wrestling world. It's exciting to think that my nomination might expose people to wrestling."
The three-time NCAA champion and 2016 Hodge Trophy recipient served up a 33-0 record during the 2015-16 season, recording bonus points in all but six matches. His 27 bonus-point wins included 12 falls -- 10 of which came in the first period -- eight major decisions and seven technical falls. He proved his dominance even more as he allowed only one takedown this season and just three takedowns the past two seasons.
In 2014, he won his first NCAA title at 157 pounds before moving up to 165 pounds, where he dominated the last two years, going 66-0 and cruising his way to two more national titles.
Dieringer wrapped his career with an impressive 133-4 overall record and an 82-match win streak, dating back to January 2014. He leaves behind an impressive legacy, becoming the 14th four-time All-American and the seventh four-time conference champion at OSU, in addition to the 16th three-time NCAA champion after a convincing 6-2 win over Wisconsin's Isaac Jordan in this year's NCAA finals.
Fans will have the chance to select the winners by voting online or via mobile at ESPN.com/ESPYS. Follow the official @ESPYS Twitter page and Tweet about your nomination and the ESPYS leading up to and during the live show. When you tweet, be sure to tag @ESPYS so that your tweets connect to the show. Then on the day of the show, Wednesday, July 13th, use #ESPYS in your tweets to join the conversation. The ESPYS and related events benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of the late Jim Valvano. At the first annual ESPYS back in 1993, Jimmy V accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage award, reminded us to live each day to the fullest, and asked for our help in raising money for cancer research. Keep his dream alive by telling fans to be #BeInspired.