COLUMBUS, Ohio J Jaggers, the reigning NCAA champion at 141 pounds, was named Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Athletic Sports Commission Wednesday night in Cleveland. The senior communication major becomes just the eighth recipient of the award.
“To even be nominated for such an award, especially in such a talent-rich area like Cleveland, was an honor and I’m very grateful to have been selected as the top college athlete,” Jaggers, a native of Northfield, Ohio, said. “It was an amazing event and a very special night for everyone involved.”
In his junior campaign, Jaggers went 5-0 at the 2008 NCAA Championships, upsetting Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds as the sixth-seed to claim his first national title and earn his second All-America nod March 20-22 in St. Louis.
“We are all very proud of J and appreciate the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission for recognizing his achievement,” Tom Ryan, third-year Ohio State head coach, said. “J has dedicated his life to this sport and this award is well-deserved.”
Getting things done in the classroom as well, Jaggers is a 2007 and 08 NWCA All-Academic Team member and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
As a senior, he has posted a 12-5 record to currently hold the nation’s 12th ranking. Jaggers recently earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week accolades Jan. 13 after going undefeated at the 2009 National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, helping the Buckeyes to a fifth-place finish.
This weekend, Ohio State travels to New York for a dual match vs. Hofstra at 1 p.m. Sunday.