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Penn State's David Taylor named 2014 InterMat Wrestler of the Year

Penn State's David Taylor selected as Wrestler of the Year by InterMat
Bill Ennis

@Magicman_psu has worked his magic again.

Penn State's David Taylor, known on Twitter as @magicman_psu, has been named 2014 InterMat Wrestler of the Year, the amateur wrestling website announced Friday.

This award, presented each year since 2006 to the best college wrestler in all divisions, is based on the balloting of writers and executives at InterMatWrestle.com.

Taylor, who won his second 165-pound title at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships (to accompany the one won in 2012), was the unanimous choice of InterMat voters, garnering all ten first-place ballots. With 90 votes, the Penn State senior got nearly twice as many votes as second-place Logan Stieber of Ohio State, 2014 141-pound champ, with 48 points. Right behind the three-time Buckeye national champ with 47 votes was Taylor’s teammate Ed Ruth, 2014 NCAA 184-pound champ. In fourth place with 29 votes was Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry, who successfully defended his 174-pound title last Saturday in Oklahoma City.

The InterMat Wrestler of the Year honor caps off an incredible final season for David Taylor. He was undefeated (34-0 record). The very picture of domination, Taylor put bonus points on the board in just about every match, thanks to 16 pins, 8 technical falls, and eight major decisions. In addition to winning his second NCAA crown and fourth Big Ten title, Taylor was also named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler, along with Most Dominant Wrestler honors for the 2014 season.

InterMat reported that it plans to reveal its selections for Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year in the coming days.

Want to know more? For a complete list of wrestlers receiving votes for 2014 InterMat Wrestler of the Year -- as well as past winners -- click here.

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