Penn State Athletics announced Wednesday that All-American women’s lacrosse player Steph Lazo and national champion wrestler Zain Retherford have earned the school’s female and male student-athlete of the year honors for the 2016-17 academic year.
This is the second time Retherford has won the award. Since Penn State joined the Big Ten, only six other athletes have taken home the student-athlete of the year award multiple times: Fran McDermid, Christie Welsh, Paul Posluszny, Shana Cox, Casey Sandy and David Talyor.
Retherford earned the Hodge Trophy as the nation’s top wrestler in 2017. He also won the Big Ten title and will head into his senior season having won his last 63 matches.
He won the NCAA title as a sophomore as well, and with his second title this year, he became just the seventh wrestler to win multiple NCAA championships. Retherford is 95-3 in his college career.
Lazo led the Nittany Lions women’s lacrosse team to one of its best seasons in program history in 2017. For a second straight season, Penn State advanced to an NCAA national semifinal.
Unanimously voted to the All-Big Ten team, Lazo finished the season with 43 assists and 89 points, both of which led the conference. Her 43 assists were second-most in program history.