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Wrestling, Women’s Volleyball Take BTN Awards

Monday night, the Big Ten Network held its fourth annual awards show, celebrating the best in Big Ten sports over the past year. Of course, any school that’s had as much athletic success as Penn State would find itself especially well represented amongst the numerous honorees.

Nittany Lion squads took the top honors in two chief categories, with wrestling and volleyball winning both the men’s and women’s Team of the Year, respectively. Both teams won conference and NCAA championships–for wrestling, its first ever Big Ten title, and for women’s volleyball, the fourth consecutive national championship.

The fun didn’t stop there for Penn State; Cael Sanderson, in just his second season at the helm of the wrestling squad, was named Big Ten male Coach of the Year, besting basketball coaches Matt Painter of Purdue and Thad Matta of Ohio State,

The only Penn State nominee who didn’t win was Coquese Washington, who was passed over for women’s Coach of the Year by Mark Johnson, the women’s hockey coach at Wisconsin.

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Devon is a 2012 Penn State graduate and current law student at NYU. Devon joined Onward State in January of 2011, after a lengthy stay in the comment section. His likes include sabermetrics, squirrels, and longs walks on the beach, and his dislikes include spelunking, when you put your clothes in the dryer and they come out still kinda damp but also warm, and the religious right.

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