Notes & Quotes: #19 Michigan 19, #2 Minnesota 14

Jan. 19, 2014

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• With the victory, Michigan improved to 31-29-2 in the all-time series against Minnesota. U-M halted a three-match Gopher win streak in the series.

• It is the highest-ranked opponent that U-M has defeated since knocking off No. 1-ranked and undefeated Minnesota, 19-15, on Feb. 17, 2006. With that win, Michigan clinched a share of the Big Ten dual-meet title and defeated Indiana two days later to claim the title outright.

• The Wolverines have won each of their last five duals.

• Michigan has claimed at least one bonus win in every dual meet this season.

• Freshman Adam Coon is 8-0 against ranked opposition this season and 6-0 against heavyweights currently ranked among the nation's top seven.

• Senior/junior Steve Dutton owns a perfect 10-0 record over his two seasons at Michigan. Including his perfect 8-0 mark in open-tournament competition last year, Dutton has earned bonus points in every match with four falls, three tech falls and three major decisions.

Adam Coon, Steve Dutton, fifth-year senior Eric Grajales (149) and freshman Brian Murphy (157) are all unbeaten at Cliff Keen Arena this season.

• Fifth-year senior Dan Yates upped his career record to 107-41 to gain sole possession of the 28th spot among U-M's all-time career wins leaders.


Michigan Head Coach Joe McFarland
On the upset win ... "We needed a moment like this. This is what all our hard work and training goes to, and our guys are really starting to believe in themselves. We keep hammering that point home -- if you believe in yourself and compete with great effort, good things are going to happen. I thought, for the most part, we did a good job with that today. We knew we were going to have a gutsy performance to beat a team like Minnesota."

On Adam Coon's heavyweight win ... "I think it shows to him that he's capable of beating anybody in the country. He's gaining more confidence with every match, and he's always had great confidence. He pours himself to wrestling, trains extremely hard, and he's just driven and competitive. I don't think he cares about all the accolades; he just goes out and wrestles the guy in front of him. It was a great finish to a great dual."

On the crowd atmosphere ... "I think getting that win from Conor Youtsey right at the start was big. We kept it going over several matches, and then that Brian Murphy win really got the energy going at the break. That put a lot of momentum on our side. It came down to the last match and double overtime. For Coon to get that takedown, it created a special moment. It erupted in here. I couldn't even hear myself. It was a nice win for the program and for our fans."

On enjoying the win and looking ahead ... "I want my guys to enjoy this moment. This is what all the hard work and training is for -- to be part of a special win like this. People will remember this dual for years to come, and I want them to remember this one. But at the same time, we've got a lot of work ahead of us. We've got the rest of the Big Ten season ahead of us and the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Championships. We need to keep things in perspective. We'll enjoy this today. Tomorrow, we'll go back to work."

U-M Freshman Adam Coon
On the dual coming down his heavyweight ... "I knew they had some stud upperweights, so I kind of figured it would come down to the last match. I really tried to ignore that, because the pressure is already there going against a two-time NCAA champ. I was really focused on the match, but then I noticed all the Purple [his high school color] in the stands. There were a lot of people supporting me. It threw my focus a little bit, which was actually good. I was getting a little too keyed up, and it helped me relax. After I saw the referee's two fingers go up, it was just a live-in-moment feeling. It was so exciting to see all the fans on their feet, cheering as hard as could and calling out my name. It was a wonderful feeling."

On the takeaway from his heavyweight win ... "It's a confidence booster. It shows me that I can do it. But I need to go back to the room and continue to train as hard as I can. I need to train like I just lost here. That's what it's going to take to be an NCAA champ. You've got to as hard as you possibly can every single second of the day. So, it's definitely a confidence booster. But it's going to make me train that much harder."

On the team win ... "It's very exciting. The whole team was amped up, and we wanted it. We did a great job of fighting, attacking and getting wins where we could. It's a confidence booster for everyone, realizing we're up there at that level. It doesn't matter what the rankings say; we are at that level and we can compete with others at that level."

U-M Freshman Brian Murphy
On his upset win at 157 pounds ... "I could have gotten into his legs a little more than I did. It was a good win. He's a funky wrestler, so I was expecting that. But I still have to wrestle my match. I knew that anything that works for me against other wrestlers would work on him too. So, I just focused on that. I scored on his attack at the end. I've been in that position a lot and worked on it. I was really comfortable there, and I knew that once I got to his leg, I'd get that takedown."

On bouncing back from a loss at Illinois ... "I think Friday will end being a good loss for me. It helped me get my mind focused and get me back on track. Even those first two duals I won, they weren't very good matches. But after that loss, I just feel like I'm a lot closer to where I was before the injury."

On the team victory ... "I'm going to have chills for a while still. With Adam [Coon] getting that win... it feels like you know he's going to get that win. That's the spot we want him in -- with the dual on the line. It was just an awesome team win."

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