May 7, 2014
MANHEIM, Pa. -- Freshman Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) and senior/junior Steve Dutton (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point HS) of the University of Michigan wrestling team were named to the Division I Individual All-Academic Wrestling Team, as announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Wednesday (May 7). The Wolverines were also recognized collectively, named as an All-Academic Top 30 Team.
"The NWCA All-Academic Team and Individual Team is one of the best acknowledgements that we can give to our coaches and athletes at the end of a physically grueling season," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "These young men have proved that they are not only talented competitors but are leaders in the classroom as well. The NWCA Board of Directors and staff look forward to watching these student-athletes continue their success at the collegiate level and eventually as the leaders of the future once they earn their college degrees."
The team grade-point average was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program. A total of 10 of these came from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they were allowed to fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.
To qualify for individual selection, wrestlers must fit one of two criteria -- have at least a 3.2 grade-point average and either have been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total season matches while competing in 60 percent of the team schedule, or have a 3.0 GPA and have earned NCAA All-America honors.
Both Coon and Dutton earned NWCA all-academic selection for the first time in their collegiate careers.
Dutton also earned All-America honors for the first time in his career, posting a seventh-place NCAA finish at 141 pounds. The Wolverine junior posted a 13-6 record after returning from injury midway through the Big Ten dual season. A general studies major who transferred from Lehigh prior to the 2012-13 season, Dutton is an Academic All-Big Ten selection and was twice named a U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient.
Coon led the Wolverines with a stellar 32-5 record at heavyweight in his rookie campaign and reached the NCAA Round of 12, finishing just one match shy of All-America honors. Coon captured two major tournament titles during the season -- at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands Championships -- and clinched three Michigan dual victories in the final bout. An aerospace engineering major, Coon was also named a U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient.
In all, 33 All-Americans from the 2014 NCAA Division I championships are on the team and 77 total NCAA Division I qualifiers. Michigan was one of 21 NCAA Division I institutions with multiple selections named All-Academic this season.
The Wolverines concluded the 2013-14 season with an 11-4 record, including a 6-2 mark against Big Ten competition. U-M posted a 17th-place team showing at the NCAA Championships behind the efforts of eight NCAA qualifiers and two All-Americans.
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