Feb. 8, 2014
N O T E S
With the victory, Michigan improved to 4-6 in the all-time series against Nebraska. The win also halted a four-meet Husker win streak in the series, stretching back to the 2005-06 season.
Today's win marked U-M's first tiebreaker victory since the criteria was re-implemented for all dual meets prior to the 2011-12 season.
It was freshman Adam Coon's second dual-clinching victory in the final match. He also sealed U-M's win over No. 2 Minnesota with a 4-2 decision over Tony Nelson in the second sudden-victory frame on Jan. 19.
Michigan is 3-0 this season in true road duals.
Sophomore/freshman Conor Youtsey has defeated ranked wrestlers in two of his last three matches, adding a 2-1 TB decision over Ohio State's No. 15 Nick Roberts last Friday (Jan. 31).
Sophomore Rossi Bruno improved to 3-1 in career meetings against Shawn Nagel. The Husker pinned him in last season's dual, but Bruno responded with two decisions -- 5-3 and 5-2 -- at the Big Ten Championships.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Sean Bormet
On the dual win ... "Nebraska is a tough team, and it's great to get a win in front of their home crowd. Overall, from start to finish, we wrestled a lot of great minutes in that dual meet. There were a handful of matches that we let slip away in the closing minute because we didn't stay focused on the right things. In those matches, I actually felt that we outwrestled them; we just didn't finish right. We would have liked to have won those. It didn't have to be as close of a dual. Adam Coon did a great job. I knew what he had to do. He went out there, worked hard for seven minutes and made it happen."
On bouncing back from their first Big Ten loss ... "Coming off the loss to Penn State, we knew this was going to be a tough road trip weekend. It was important to start out the right way tonight, win the dual and get that momentum heading into Iowa City on Sunday.
On the team effort ... "That was a great example of a team victory. Every point counted for us to win that dual. Overall, I thought our guys wrestled really well. We still have some things to work on, but it was good to secure the win."
U-M Freshman Adam Coon
On needing the major decision to win the dual ... "It definitely gives you a benchmark and a standard that you have to meet. For most regular matches, your benchmark is to win. But when you absolutely have to get the major, it gives you a goal. You need that eight-point margin. That's the minimum. It really focuses you to keep scoring and keep going after it."
On getting a big lead in his match ... "He's a good wrestler. He knows how to stick people, and he was moving me in the first period a little more than I would have liked. So, I liked that I had that early lead on him. But I knew that he's a good wrestler with more to throw at me and I still hadn't met that benchmark yet."
On clinching the dual win ... "I love the feeling of being the final match. You might not get the same feeling somewhere in the middle; you probably don't get the same pressure either. But it came down to number of points scored. That wasn't all me. That was the entire team. I just went out and got eight of them."
U-M Sophomore/Freshman Conor Youtsey
On prepping for his match ... "I've been talking a lot with coach [Donny] Pritzlaff about finding that right mindset. My mind has kind of wandered in these last few previous matches. I'm really focused on bringing back that go-get-him, I'm-going-to-win mindset. If it's by one point or by eight, I just need to go out there and know that I'm going to win. I think I found that mindset today. Knowing that [Tim] Lambert is a higher-ranked wrestler got my adrenaline going. It was a good win today."
On feeling unsatisfied despite the win ... "It's kind of tough to win on the criteria. I feel great about it. But we had so many tough, close matches where we could have really ramped it up on them. That's a mindset we've been working on all year. Regardless of who we're wrestling -- teams and individuals -- we go into it expecting to win. We've got a young team, but we're going to fight for everything. We expect to win."