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Woodbine's Kyle Snyder is first Big Ten athlete to repeat as conference Male Athlete of the Year

Kyle Snyder of Woodbine continues to add to his collection of awards.

The Ohio State wrestler became the first student-athlete in Big Ten history to repeat as Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year. The 2018 award was announced Thursday. The senior, who wrestled in high school at Good Counsel, captured his third straight NCAA championship, winning the 285-pound title earlier this year.

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In April, the 2016 Olympic champion and two-time world champion, won the 2018 AAU Sullivan Award. He was the fourth wrestler to win the honor, joining other Olympic champions John Smith (1990), Bruce Baumgartner (1995) and Rulon Gardner (2000). The Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.

Snyder is a four-time All-American and has captured the last three Big Ten championships at 285.

Indiana women's swimmer Lilly King was honored as the 2018 Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, also winning the award for the second straight year. She became the first female in Indiana’s history to claim Big Athlete of the Year honors in 2017.

In 2018, King, a junior, was honored as the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year for the third consecutive year. King also won NCAA championships in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke for the third year in row. The two-time 2016 Olympic gold medalist is a 12-time All-American, six-time NCAA champion and 12-time Big Ten champion.

King and Snyder were among nominees that included 10 national champions and 26 All-Americans. Maryland’s nominees this year were DJ Moore (football) and Megan Whittle (lacrosse). Lacrosse player Taylor Cummings (2015) was the last Terps athlete to win the award.

The Big Ten Conference has recognized a male athlete of the year since 1982 and first honored a female athlete of the year in 1983. The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each school.

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