COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jincy Dunne and Kollin Moore earned the right to represent The Ohio State University as 2020 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients. The pair of fifth-year seniors ‘attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work’ as required to obtain this prestigious laurel.
The Big Ten Conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university. B1G schools currently feature nearly 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 pick up the recognition on an annual basis.
A native of O’Fallon, Mo., and defenseman on the women’s ice hockey team, Jincy Dunne ended her career as a three-time AHCA All-American, with two first team accolades. She is the fourth defensive player in the past decade to be a first or second team All-American three times. She is one of just two Buckeyes to earn First Team All-WCHA honors three times and received the league’s defensive player of the year honor as both a junior and senior. Dunne became the only Buckeye to be named First Team All-USCHO after being selected Second Team and Third Team her junior and sophomore seasons. Dunne finished her career with 99 points, putting her third all-time among Buckeye blueliners. A WCHA Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Dunne earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in Spring 2019 and is enrolled in the sports coaching master’s program.
Wrestler Kollin Moore, a native of Burbank, Ohio, finished as the Dan Hodge Trophy runner-up in his final season after sitting atop the 197-pound national rankings from start to finish. He garnered a 27-0 season record and was the NCAA Championships top seed. Moore ranks eighth in Ohio State history with a .909 career winning percentage (110-11). He is a three-time Big Ten champion and reached the NCAA finals in 2019. In the classroom, Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in business operations management and is closing in on completion of a kinesiology master’s degree during his five years as a Buckeye. He picked up Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors as well.
Dunne represents the first women’s ice hockey player to corral the Big Ten Medal of Honor while Moore marks Ohio State’s sixth wrestler selection.