COLUMBUS, Ohio – Collin Palmer, a freshman on the fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team, was named High School Athlete of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Wednesday evening.
It is the second-consecutive year a Buckeye has been honored by the sports commission as two-time NCAA champion J Jaggers earned Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 2009.
As a high school senior, Palmer won his fourth-consecutive Ohio High School State Tournament title in 2009 at 140 pounds en route to leading St. Edward High School to its 13th straight team title and 25th overall. In 2008, the Columbia Station, Ohio, native won the 135-pound division after being crowned champion at 125 pounds in 2007. During his freshman season in 2006, he won the state title on a 3:08 pin at 112 pounds and pinned three of his four opponents en route to his first title.
The announcement was made at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards in front of more than 1,000 guests at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit served as the event’s host.
All athletes were nominated by local media outlets in each of the sports awards categories, which then went through a ranking point system that selected the winners.