Damion Hahn came to Minnesota as one of the top recruits in the country. Now, the Lakewood, N.J., native leaves the Gophers wrestling program as one of the most accomplished in the school's history. That career was highlighted Sunday at the annual team awards banquet at Coffman Memorial Union in Minneapolis.
Hahn was named the team's Most Valuable Wrestler and the Most Outstanding Wrestler. He captured his second-straight NCAA Championship in March and became just the third wrestler in school history to win two national titles (Vern Gagne and Tim Hartung were the others). He also became the fourth four-time All-American in school history.
"Damion came to Minnesota with high expectations, and he left Minnesota reaching his goals while becoming one of the most accomplished wrestlers in school history," Minnesota coach J Robinson said after Hahn defeated Iowa's Ryan Fulsaas to win the 2004 NCAA 197 Pound National Championship. It was the second consecutive national title at that weight for Hahn, who also won three Big Ten titles during his career.
Minnesota was always the place for Hahn, he said after the NCAA tournament.
"I just loved the intensity at Minnesota," he said. "I love how they just beat the heck out of each other. That's what I wanted. To me, Minnesota is the best wrestling program in the country."
Hahn ended his career with a .849 winning percentage (118-21).
Fellow senior Jacob Volkmann was also honored. Volkmann was named the team's Most Dedicated Wrestler and was also honored for having the most falls this past season with 12. A native of Henning, Minn., Volkmann was a three-time All-American at Minnesota and was one of just four wrestlers in school history to have three top-four finishes at the NCAA Championships.
Also honored was Cole Konrad, who was given the Most Outstanding Freshman Award. Hailing from Freedom, Wis., he earned his first All-American citation with a fourth-place finish at nationals. With a 38-10 record, Konrad collected more wins than any other heavyweight in school history.
Redshirt freshman Quincy Osborn was the recipient of the Fraser Dean Most Courageous Award, while junior Josh McLay was given the Chris Berglin Most Improved Award. McLay was also honored for his outstanding work in the classroom with the Upperclassman Outstanding Academic Award. Junior Jon Duncombe was named the Most Exciting Wrestler following his first season with Minnesota after transferring from St. Cloud State. True freshman C.P. Schlatter, one of the top recruits in the nation last year, also excelled academically and was given the Freshman Outstanding Academic Award.
A complete list of the award winners is below:
Most Valuable: Damion Hahn
Most Outstanding: Damion Hahn
Fraser Dean Most Courageous: Quincy Osborn
Most Dedicated: Jacob Volkmann
Chris Berglin Most Improved: Josh McLay
Most Exciting: Jon Duncombe
Most Falls: Jacob Volkmann (12)
Outstanding Freshman: Cole Konrad
Freshman Outstanding Academic Award: C.P. Schlatter
Upperclassman Outstanding Academic Award: Josh McLay
All-American Awards: Jacob Volkmann (4th, 165 pounds), Damion Hahn (1st, 197 pounds),
Cole Konrad (4th, HWT)
Senior Awards: Jacob Volkmann (165), Damion Hahn (197)
Hahn named Gophers wrestling MVP
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