Meghan Straub (above) of the Nebraska bowling team, and Tyler Berger from the Husker wrestling team were honored as Nebraska's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners by the Big Ten on Wednesday.
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Straub, Berger Earn Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards

By NU Athletic Communications

Meghan Straub of the Nebraska bowling team, and Tyler Berger from the Husker wrestling team were honored as Nebraska's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners by the Big Ten on Wednesday, as the conference announced its 28 award recipients. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 student-athletes honored throughout the year that had displayed positive sportsmanship.

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Straub, a bowler from Lincoln, Nebraska, was a three-time NTCA All-American and was a member of four NCAA qualifying teams. She was both a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time member of the NTCA All-Academic Team. Straub was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice. Last season, Straub earned individual victories at the Bearcat Hammer Open and the Track Kat Klash, while also posting seven top-10 showings throughout the season. Her strongest showing was at the Columbia 300 Saints where she totaled a 1,394 pinfall for a 226.6 average. Straub earned the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2018 and was a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2017.

Berger, a native of Prineville, Oregon, wrestled at 157 pounds and was a three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier. He was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and two-time member of the NWCA All-Academic Team. Berger was the runner-up at both the NCAA Championships and Big Ten Championships in 2019. He finished this season with a record of 24-3 (16-1 dual record) and became the 28th Husker to earn 100 career victories. Berger, who graduated with a degree in psychology in May, was voted Nebraska's Best Male Athlete of 2019.

Straub and Berger were both members of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and members of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

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