Jan. 5, 2014
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 2-1-1 in the all-time series against Maryland.
Among his 20 wins this season, freshman Adam Coon has faced ranked opposition in seven matches this season. He is 5-0 against wrestlers currently among the nation's top seven heavyweights.
Freshman Brian Murphy returned to the lineup after a one-month hiatus due to injury. It was first competition since taking fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and the first dual action of his collegiate career.
Prior to the dual, U-M hosted a free pre-meet clinic featuring two-time NCAA champion Ryan Bertin (2002-05) and three-time Northwestern All-American Brandon Precin.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Joe McFarland
On the team performance ... "Overall, I was happy with our performance. We set the pace and took control in a lot of those matches. That's what we expect. But at the same time, we saw some things where we can definitely make some improvements. We're wrestling a lot better now [than earlier in the season]. I thought we wrestled pretty well at Midlands, and we looked good coming off of that. Overall, today was a great performance, and it's nice to get a win like that. I have a lot of respect for Kerry [McCoy] and his staff and the job they're doing at Maryland. So, that was a nice win for us."
On coming off the winter break ... "Those guys all came back looking pretty good. That was nice to see. They seemed to come back refreshed. We had a couple workouts before leaving for Midlands, and I thought we wrestled pretty well out there. We're building off that tournament, and I think our guys are really locked in mentally right now. We just need to continue moving down that path."
On setting an early tone in matches ... "That's a big part of wrestling -- having confidence in yourself, keep attacking, keep chipping away at the other guy, try to overwhelm him and wear him out. Some of our guys are doing a nice job with that. But as a team, we need to continue to talk about and concentrate on those things."
U-M Freshman Adam Coon
On starting off the dual meet ... "It was definitely interesting. Being at heavyweight, you're used to being one of the last guys, especially in tournaments, stepping on the mat. So, it was definitely a change of pace to start things off -- not to mention nerve-racking. I tried to set a good tone."
On his heavyweight win ... "It was a close match and came right down to the wire. It was a great match. He's a top-notch wrestler. That's what it comes down to -- you've got to win those tough matches."
On starting Big Ten duals next weekend ... "I'm definitely ready to start the Big Ten season. I've only had one match so far against a Big Ten opponent, so I'm very excited to see some more."