NCAA champion wrestler Jayson Ness graduated with a degree in technology education in fall 2009, according to the Minnesota Daily, so he was able to focus sole on his sport in the spring.
The Daily said Ness finished this season 31-0 and won the Big Ten meet in March with a 4-0 record. He then went on to win the NCAA championship.
Ness said he has put a lot of time into wrestling, and all his hard work as finally paid off, the Daily reported. They also reported that the play that won him the NCAA championship was named the No. 1 play of the weekend on ESPN'S SportsCenter and said Ness said it was unreal to see himself on SportsCenter because wrestling usually isn't featured on the show.
The Daily said Ness was awarded the Hodge Trophy, an award given annually to the nation's top wrestler, and as the recipient he became the first Minnesota wrestler to win the trophy.
The Daily reported Ness is in graduate school at the University of Minnesota but said he doesn't know exactly what his future plans are. However, the Daily did say Ness said he will continue to be involved in wrestling no matter where his future paths take him.