Notes & Quotes: Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Day 2


Dec. 7, 2013

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• 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.


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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