Week-long series on Ohio State’s Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists begins today with J.D. Bergman. The senior wrestler captured his third All-America honor with a national runner-up finish at heavyweight this season and was named Academic All-Big Ten for the second year in a row.
Hometown: Oak Harbor, Ohio
Future Plans – “I will be training for the 2012 Olympics and working as a coach for Ohio State wrestling.
Acting and sports broadcasting are interests of mine I wish to pursue as well. “
2008 Winter Graduate
Two-Time OSU Scholar-Athlete
Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten
2007-08 (senior season) All- American, second at NCAA championships
2006-07 All-American, fourth place at NCAA championships
129-36 Career Record/ sixth place overall for career wins by an Ohio State wrestler
(One of just 16 Buckeyes who have reached the century mark in career wins)
NWCA All-Star 2005
** Past Bergman videos, media articles and features are available to view at the top of this page.
The Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor
In 1914 the Conference established a Medal of Honor to be awarded annually at each member institution to a student in the graduating class. An additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982. Chosen by the Athletic Council, the winners of this most prestigious award are the male and female senior student-athletes who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. This honor includes a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship which can be used at an institution of the recipient’s choice.
Ohio State’s men’s and women’s Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients will be announced at the 2008 OSU Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the Columbus Convention Center Wednesday, May 21.
Coming Thursday … Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists Series Parts 3 and 4 – Dan DeLucia, baseball, and Lara Dickenmann, women’s soccer.
About Ohio State Athletics
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