Two-time national champion wrestler joins Jordan Leopold (2002, Hockey), Gretchen Hegener (1997, Swimming) and John Roethlisberger (1993, Gymnastics) as Big Ten honorees from the University of Minnesota.
The Big Ten Conference has named Minnesota wrestler Damion Hahn its 2004 Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year. Penn State basketball standout Kelly Mazzante received the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Award.
A native of Lakewood, N.J., Hahn captured his second-straight NCAA Championship at 197 pounds this past March and became just the third wrestler in school history to win two national titles. He also became the fourth four-time All-American and fifth three-time Big Ten Champion in school history.
Hahn finished his career with a 118-21-0 career record which places him 11th in school history in victories. His 84.9 percent winning percentage ranks ninth all-time. Hahn posted a 33-1 record during his senior season and concluded the year on a 27-match winning streak, the sixth-longest streak in school history. He helped guide Minnesota to back-to-back NCAA Championships (2001-02) and three straight Big Ten Championships (2001-03).
Hahn joins Jordan Leopold (2002, Hockey), Gretchen Hegener (1997, Swimming) and John Roethlisberger (1993, Gymnastics) as Big Ten honorees from the University of Minnesota. He is the fourth wrestler to earned Athlete of the Year status along with Ed Banach (1993) and Barry Davis (1985) of Iowa and Matt Lackey of Illinois (2003).
Past Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year Award Winners
1982 Jim Spivey, Indiana, Track & Field/Cross Country
1983 Ed Banach, Iowa, Wrestling
1984 Sunder Nix, Indiana, Track & Field
1985 Barry Davis, Iowa, Wrestling
1986 Chuck Long, Iowa, Football
1987 Steve Alford, Indiana, Basketball
1988 Jim Abbott, Michigan, Baseball
1989 Glen Rice, Michigan, Basketball
1990 Anthony Thompson, Indiana, Football
1991 Mike Barrowman, Michigan, Swimming
1992 Desmond Howard, Michigan, Football
1993 John Roethlisberger, Minnesota, Gymnastics
1994 Glenn Robinson, Purdue, Basketball
1995 Tom Dolan, Michigan, Swimming
1996 Eddie George, Ohio State, Football
1997 Blaine Wilson, Ohio State, Gymnastics
1998 Charles Woodson, Michigan, Football
1999 Luke Donald, Northwestern, Golf
2000 Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, Football
2001 Ryan Miller, Michigan State, Hockey
2002 Jordan Leopold, Minnesota, Hockey
2003 Amer Delic, Illinois, Tennis & Matt Lackey, Illinois, Wrestling
2004 Damion Hahn, Minnesota, Wrestling