VOTE: Who was Ohio State’s male athlete of the year for 2017-18?
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Who was Ohio State’s best male athlete for 2017-18?
Ohio State once again enjoyed a successful year of athletic accomplishments, sitting in third place in the Directors Cup with just a few sports left to tabulate. With every Ohio State sport having completed play, it’s time to vote on the best male athlete, female athlete and coach for the 2017-18 season.
We’ll start with voting for the best male athlete. The choices are listed below alphabetically, followed by a poll in which readers can vote for their top option.
Keita Bates-Diop (basketball)
Ohio State’s return to the NCAA Tournament in men’s basketball likely wouldn’t have been possible without the emergence of forward Keita Bates-Diop, who propelled the Buckeyes to big heights in Chris Holtmann’s first season as coach. Bates-Diop averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Buckeyes, earning consensus second-team All-America honors. He was chosen by both the coaches and the media as the Big Ten Player of the Year for 2017-18.
Zack Bazile (track and field)
When the stakes were the highest, Ohio State long jumper Zack Bazile uncorked a huge jump that set a school record by nearly a foot and won an NCAA championship. Bazile won the 2018 men’s outdoor track long jump with a leap of 27 feet, 5.5 inches. It’s the farthest long jump in the nation this year and the best mark at the NCAA track championships since 2011.
Bazile won first-team All-America honors three times in 2018, doing so in the indoor track long jump, and the long jump and 4×100-meter relay for outdoor track.
Nick Bosa (football)
Nick Bosa came into the 2017 season with sky-high expectations and lived up to them, posting 8 sacks and 16 tackles for loss for 74 yards, all of which led a defensive line that had three players drafted in the first four rounds. He was a first-team All-America selection and also became the fourth consecutive Ohio State defensive end to win Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, joining his older brother Joey (2014 and 2015) and Tyquan Lewis (2016). Bosa also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from both coaches and media and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Seth Kinker (baseball)
Ohio State baseball made the NCAA Tournament for just the second time since 2009, and relief pitcher Seth Kinker played a big role in that accomplishment. He was named a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball after finishing with a 2.27 ERA and 15 saves. His ERA and saves total both ranked second in the conference.
Kyle Snyder (wrestling)
Kyle Snyder ended his college wrestling career with a bang, defeating Michigan wrestler Adam Coon to win his third straight individual championship. Despite competing in the heavyweight division, where he was routinely outweighed by 50 or more pounds, Snyder continued an unreal level of dominance. His victories against Coon in the Big Ten and NCAA finals were the Michigan wrestler’s only two losses of the season. With the help of Snyder’s high point totals, Ohio State won the Big Ten title and finished second in the NCAA meet, posting the highest-ever team score by a non-champion.
He also continued a stellar freestyle wrestling career, going undefeated in the World Clubs Cup in Iran in December and winning all four matches by tech fall in the Wrestling World Cup in April to help the United States to its first title in 15 years.
Nicholas Szerszen (volleyball)
Although Ohio State men’s volleyball failed to win a third straight national championship, outside hitter Nicholas Szerszen earned a three-peat of his own when VolleyMob.com named him as its national player of the year. It marked the third straight year at least one outlet has named Szerszen the national player of the year.
His résumé for the past season also includes the following honors: AVCA and Volleyball Magazine first-team All-American, MIVA Player of the Year (first in league history to win the award three times), All-MIVA First Team, NCAA All-Tournament Team, MIVA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, MIVA All-Tournament Team and Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist. It doesn’t get much better than that.
VOTE: Ohio State male athlete of the year
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