NCAA Wrestler of the Week: Michigan's Adam Coon takes honor after besting Olympic gold medalist
With an impressive 72 percent majority from the NCAA Wrestling Twitter poll, Adam Coon of Michigan is the latest NCAA Wrestler of the Week. The 285-pounder claimed the award after handing Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder of Ohio State his first loss since 2015.
The long-awaited matchup between the NCAA’s top-ranked heavyweight wrestlers finally came Sunday. With Coon listed 70 pounds heavier than Snyder, the physical mismatch made it even more interesting. Along with snapping Snyder’s impressive win streak, Coon was out for redemption after losing 7-4 in their previous matchup in the 2016 Big Ten finals.
Your NCAA Wrestler of the Week...ADAM COON! pic.twitter.com/WhBYnzXWf7— NCAA Wrestling (@ncaawrestling) February 15, 2018
It was an intense and blood-shedding battle. Seconds before the end of the first period Coon managed to get the only takedown of the match. Snyder's right cheek was cut by what could’ve been Coon’s knee during a fight for control, resulting in two timeouts being taken. After taking the lead with his dominant takedown, Coon never gave it up. With a two-point lead in the third period as the clock ticked under a minute, Coon went for a pin that would’ve locked the teams in a tie. He managed to throw Snyder’s right leg into the air and tried to trip his left leg as the two struggled in circular fashion, but the experience of Snyder allowed him to break free with seven seconds remaining.
Although No. 4 Michigan ultimately lost the close battle with Ohio State by a score of 18-15, Coon’s thrilling victory gave the home crowd something to celebrate. The third period ended 3-1, followed by an eruption of euphoric cheers from the Ann Arbor crowd and Wolverine sideline.
After the madness, Coon talked with Michigan Athletics about the match and what the win signifies.
ICYMI, Michigan dropped a close one to No. 2 Ohio State, 18-15, on bonus pts last night, but the Wolverines pulled out several marquee wins in an electric Crisler Center. Highlights: pic.twitter.com/ajUx4w9ZX1— Michigan Wrestling (@umichwrestling) February 12, 2018
“It got me to figuring out where I'm at right now, taking on the best guy in the world, and getting the win there. But I know he's going to get better, and I know I'm going to get better,” Coon said.
When asked about the atmosphere, Coon said, "It was phenomenal. I've never been in an arena more packed. It was fantastic, and all of them cheering for me. That was great. Well, not everybody, there were some red people up there (wearing scarlet and gray)."
With the way things are going, there’s a good chance that this will not be last time Wolverine and Buckeye fans see the two compete against each other.