Penn State's Nick Lee gets his hand raised after beating Ohio State's Luke Pletcher (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa -- Penn State senior student-athlete Nick Lee was among the 28 honorees named Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2019-20 academic year. He was chosen from a group of 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 must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Lee, who was to be the No. 2 seed at this year's NCAA Championship before the event was canceled by the NCAA, has been a leader on the Nittany Lions on and off the mat for three seasons. From the middle of his true freshman year when he had his redshirt pulled and went on to earn All-America honors, Lee has been the consummate teammate for head coach Cael Sanderson and the Nittany Lions. An outstanding leader both on the mat and in the classroom, Lee leads by example and is cited by the Lion coaching staff as one of Penn State's most disciplined wrestlers. Lee is a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National All-Academic honoree and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick.