Toledo Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Go Gophers! Leandro Toledo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Go Gophers!
Leandro Toledo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Go Gophers!

April 26, 2012

Freshman Leandro Toledo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year today. In addition, Toledo and teammate junior Rok Bonin were named First Team All-Big Ten. The announcements were made this evening at the league banquet in Evanston, Ill., site of this year’s Big Ten tournament.

Senior Phillip Arndt was also recognized as the Sportsmanship Award Honoree for Minnesota.

Toledo is the fourth Gopher to be recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the first since Harsh Mankad won the award in 2000. Toledo joins Mankad, Thomas Huag (1999) and Lars Hjarrand (1994) as Gophers who have been named the top freshman in the league.

The Hamburg, Germany, native was 7-4 in Big Ten play, while all of his matches were played at the second position. His biggest conference win was a 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 decision against No. 31 Roy Kalmanovich of Illinois. He was also 5-2 in Big Ten matches that went three sets.

Toledo, who is ranked No. 89, is 12-6 in the spring season and is 23-9 overall in his first year as a Gopher. His 23 wins are tied for the team lead with senior Julian Dehn. He is 10-6 at second singles this spring and 2-0 at the third slot.

Toledo and Bonin, who is from Koper, Slovenia, were both named First Team All-Big Ten, while Bonin was a unanimous decision. This is the second straight year that Minnesota has two players named All-Big Ten as Bonin and Tobias Wernet were recognized a year ago. Like Bonin this year, Wernet was a unanimous selection last year. 

The unranked Bonin went 6-5 in the Big Ten this year, while playing 10 of his 11 matches at No. 1 singles. He teamed up with Dehn to record a 7-4 record at No. 1 doubles in the conference play. Bonin, who missed most of the fall season with an injury, is 12-6 is dual matches this year and 14-8 overall.

The Gophers have had at least one player recognized on an All-Big Ten team every year since 1998.

The 37th-ranked Gophers play No. 27 Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday morning. Minnesota, which is seeded fourth, received a first-round bye in the event, while the fifth-seeded Hoosiers beat Iowa 4-0 in the first round to advance.

MEN'S TENNIS ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

First Team All-Big Ten
Roy Kalmanovich, Illinois
DENNIS NEVOLO, Illinois
Isade Juneau, Indiana
Josh MacTaggart, Indiana
EVAN KING, Michigan
Aaron Pfister, Michigan State
Rok Bonin, Minnesota (unanimous selection)
Leandro Toledo, Minnesota
Christopher Aumueller, Nebraska
CHASE BUCHANAN, Ohio State
Peter Kobelt, Ohio State
BLAZ ROLA, Ohio State

Second Team All-Big Ten
Alex Petrone, Michigan
Benedikt Lindheim, Nebraska
Josh Graves, Northwestern
Devin McCarthy, Ohio State
Ille Van Engelen, Ohio State
Mark Kovacs, Purdue

Unanimous selections in CAPS.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Athlete of the Year: Evan King, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Leandro Toledo, Minnesota
Coach of the Year: Ty Tucker, Ohio State

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Bruno Abdelnoor, Illinois
Stephen Vogl, Indiana
Garret Dunn, Iowa
Shaun Bernstein, Michigan
Denis Bogatov, Michigan State
Phillip Arndt, Minnesota
Christopher Aumueller, Nebraska
Sidarth Balaji, Northwestern
Steven Williams, Ohio State
Christopher Hasyn, Penn State
Mark Kovacs, Purdue
Petr Satral, Wisconsin