Dec. 7, 2013
N O T E S
Michigan has placed fifth or better in 14 of the last 20 seasons at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. It was U-M's 32nd consecutive appearance at the annual tournament.
Freshman Adam Coon is the third Wolverine to capture a Cliff Keen Las Vegas individual title, joining Steve Luke (2005) and Kellen Russell (2007). He is also the first U-M heavyweight to win since Greg Wagner won back-to-back CKLV titles in 2004 and 2005.
With his 5-1 record, fifth-year senior Dan Yates surpassed 100 win in his career. He owns a 102-41 mark.
Michigan earned bonus points in 20 matches -- 14 pins, four major decisions and two medical forfeits.
U-M outplaced six teams that ranked higher in the latest NWCA poll -- No. 12 Northern Iowa, No. 12 Virginia, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 19 Purdue and No. 20 Oregon State.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Donny Pritzlaff
On the tournament ... "I think the guys really came to wrestle hard. We put a lot of emphasis into how they needed to compete. They've been doing a really good job in practice, and it wasn't consistently translating. Out here, it's a lot of matches over hours of time, and to be consistent all the way through -- we're not quite there yet. But overall, the guys started off really good."
On the quick first-round start ... "These guys are still trying to figure out the work they're putting -- which is a lot -- is really going to translate to winning. When we had that first round, and we were winning, then they start to realize that what we're talking about -- bonus points, pins, back points, wrestling hard, scrapping for every position -- makes a lot of sense. That first round is what got us going. We weren't able to sustain that same level all the way through, but it was a great start. There's always peaks and valleys in every tournament."
U-M Freshman Adam Coon
On his championship match ... "You've got to adjust to those types of matches. A lot of heavyweights have completely different styles. Some try to outmuscle you; some have great quickness. He had both. That was something I had to get used to pretty quick if I was going to win that match. He got a couple takedowns on me, and I just had to adjust my mindset knowing that he's going to be going for that. I ended up stopping a couple of those takedowns and ended up winning that match."
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