Jan. 21, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- University of Michigan freshman heavyweight Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after knocking off two-time defending NCAA champion Tony Nelson and sealing U-M's upset win over No. 2 Minnesota, the league office announced Tuesday (Jan. 21).
Coon used an overtime takedown to defeat Nelson, 4-2, in the dual's final match, which featured the nation's top two heavyweights. After trading escapes in regulation and the first tiebreaker, Coon countered a Nelson double-leg attempt to earn the winning takedown late in the second sudden-victory frame. With the heavyweight victory, Michigan held on to defeat the Golden Gophers, 19-14, and improve to 3-0 in Big Ten competition.
He boasts a perfect 23-0 record in his first collegiate season and owns wins over five wrestlers currently ranked among the nation's top seven heavyweights. It is the best start for a Michigan true freshman in program history.
Coon was previously named USA Wrestling's Athlete of the Week after capturing the heavyweight title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7).
The Wolverines return to action Friday (Jan. 24), hosting intrastate rival Michigan State at 7 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
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