May 27, 2014
AKRON, Ohio -- Freshman Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) highlighted the University of Michigan wrestling team's performance at the University Nationals last weekend (Sat-Sun., May 24-25), capturing the 125kg/275-pound freestyle title. The tournament title was Coon's third since the conclusion of the collegiate season.
Champions in Akron positioned themselves to qualify for the University World Championships on July 8-12 in Pecs, Hungary. The highest eligible placer within the top six at the U.S. Senior World Team Trials can challenge the University Champion at the same weight.
Coon posted a perfect 7-0 record, earning four technical falls and a pin in the preliminary rounds before sweeping the best-of-three championship series against Oklahoma State All-American Austin Marsden, 9-3, 11-6. Marsden previously defeated Coon in the best-of-three championship at last year's FILA Junior World Team Trials.
Coon jumped out to big leads in both championship matches. He scored on an early pushout and four-point single leg in the first period of the opening match and distanced himself with two pushouts and a counter takedown in the second frame. He was a point shy of a technical fall after the first period of the second bout, scoring a pushout and three takedowns, including a four-point crotch lift, and he added another counter attack in the second. Marsden narrowed the final margin with a takedown and gut in the final 10 seconds.
He cruised past a pair of Big Ten opponents in the quarter and semifinals, avenging a season loss with an 11-0 technical fall against Ohio State's Nick Tavanello -- on five pushouts, a takedown and two guts in the first period -- in the former bout before throwing Wisconsin's Connor Medbery to his back for a 28-second pin in the latter. In all, Coon outscored his opposition, 70-11.
Sophomore Rossi Bruno (Brandon, Fla./Brandon HS) also placed at the event, posting a 6-2 record en route to seventh place at 61kg/134 pounds. Among his victories, Bruno avenged a season loss to Northwestern's Dom Malone, earning an 8-0 decision in the second round, and defeated two other NCAA qualifiers -- Virginia Tech's Dennis Gustafson (10-4) and Oregon State's Joey Palmer (4-4). Bruno overcame a four-point deficit to defeat Palmer in the seventh-place contest, scoring on a takedown in the final 15 seconds of the second period.
Coon, Murphy, Abounader and freshman George Fisher (St. Charles, Ill./Marmion Academy) are all qualified for the FILA Junior World Team Trials, while sophomore Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) is qualified for the senior-level World Team Trials, both scheduled for this weekend (May 30-June 1) in Madison, Wis. With his double victory at FILA Juniors in April, Coon has automatically qualified for the finals in both styles.
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