ZAGREB, Croatia -- Sophomore Adam Coon (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville HS) of the University of Michigan wrestling team posted a 4-1 record, earning two technical falls and two pins, en route a 120kg/264-pound freestyle bronze medal at the 2014 FILA Junior World Championships on Sunday (Aug. 10) at the Dom Sportova Sport Hall. It was Coon's second world medal in four days, adding to his Greco-Roman bronze. He was only wrestler at the tournament competing in both styles.
Coon put an exclamation on his Junior Worlds appearance, pinning Turkey's Yusuf Emre Dede at 2:18 in the 120kg bronze-medal match -- his second pin of the day and fourth in the tournament. Coon had led the bout, 3-0, scoring on an early takedown and pushout before tightening up a bodylock with a minute left in the first period and tossing Dede. Coon similarly earned a fall in his Greco bronze-medal match.
"I was digging that underhook the entire match," said Coon. "I had that bodylock and knew I could get it. He kept square with me, so I figured I go with that bodylock, toss it and see what happens. You have to put the previous match behind you and get after it in the last match. I'm happy for the bronze but upset for the loss that came with it."
The Wolverine sophomore dropped a 7-6 heartbreaker to Canada's Amar Dhesi on a last-second takedown in the semifinal round. After giving up a pair of early takedowns, Coon had rallied with a crotch lift for two and a takedown and caution point to take the lead. Scoring confusion among the referees and corners caused a match stoppage with Coon up a point and 18 seconds to go, but Coon could not hang on as Dhesi hit a duck under, finishing the winning takedown with just five seconds left.
Coon blew through his preliminary competition, earning back-to-back 10-0 technical falls -- in a combined 2:05 -- in the first and second rounds before collecting a second-period pin in the quarterfinals. He trailed 2-2 on criteria after the first period against Azerbaijan's Oyan Nazaryani in the latter bout but retook the lead on a two-point bodylock before tossing Nazaryani for four points and the fall at 3:30.
"I feel like I wrestled pretty well [this week]," said Coon. I tried to push the pace as much as possible. I went out there to dominate, and there were some matches that I did dominate. That's a positive. It was a wonderful experience to be out here for both styles. It was a bit of a juggling act going between two teams, but it was nice to have all those teammates supporting me. I couldn't have done it without the coaching staffs or my teammates. They were the ones pushing me and helping me."
Coon was one of six medalists -- out of eight weights -- for Team USA, which claimed second place in the overall freestyle competition. Iran took top team honors.
The FILA Junior World freestyle competition wrapped up a busy summer for Coon, who also captured double titles at FILA Junior Nationals (April 17-19) and FILA Junior World Team Trials (May 30) and claimed the freestyle crown at University Nationals (May 24-25).
120kg/264 pound - Adam Coon
First Round - tech. fall Qiang Tao (China), 10-0
Second Round - tech. fall Rangi Roubaljeet (India), 10-0
Quarterfinals - pinned Oyan Nazaryani (Azerbaijan), 3:30
Semifinals - dec. by Amar Dhesi (Canada), 7-6
Bronze-Medal Match - pinned Yusuf Emre Dede (Turkey), 2:18
Finished in third place with a 4-1 record
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