Damion Hahn Named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year
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Posted Jun 29, 2004


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



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