Michigan Wrestling upsets #2 Minnesota w/Heavyweight 2OT win

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on January 19th, 2014 at 4:06 PM

In a thrilling dual that was aired online by MGoBlueTV, the #19 Michigan grapplers knocked off the #2 Minnesota Gophers, 19-14.

Michigan took a 16-3 lead to start the dual but Minnesota stormed back and had a chance to win it in the heavyweight match between the top two heavyweights in the nation, #1 Adam Coon and #2 Anthony Nelson.

In 2OTs, Adam Coon won by sudden victory to secure Michigan's 19-14 upset over the #2 team in the nation. This was Michigan's first dual victory over Minnesota since 2008-09. This also keeps Michigan ahead in the all-time series at 31-29-2.

Michigan is now 7-2 and 3-0 in the B1G. They face sparty Friday night at 7 at Cliff Keen Arena.


  1. 125: Conor Yourtsey (Michigan) def. Sam Brancale (Minnesota) by decision, 12-6. 
  2. 133: Dave Thorn (Minnesota) def. Rosario Bruno (Michigan) by decision, 10-7.
  3. 141: Stephen Dutton III (Michigan) def. Josh Shupe (Minnesota) by major decision, 16-3.
  4. 149: Eric Grajales (Michigan) def. Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) by decision, 6-4
  5. 157: Bryan Murphy (Michigan) def. Dylan Ness (Minnesota) by decision, 5-3.
  6. 165: Daniel Yates (Michigan) def. Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) by decision, 7-5.
  7. 174: Logan Storley (Minnesota) def. Collin Zeerip (Michigan) by major decision, 15-4.
  8. 184: Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) def. Domenic Abounader (Michigan) by decision, 12-5.
  9. 197: Scott Shiller (Minnesota) def. Chris Heald (Michigan) by major decision, 14-4.
  10. Heavyweight: Adam Coon (Michigan) def. Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) via sudden victory, 4-2.



January 19th, 2014 at 4:26 PM ^

Worth mentioning that Adam Coon is a true freshman and still undefeated on the season. Not only was the meet riding on his match, but he was going up against two time defending heavyweight NCAA champ Tony Nelson. HUGE win for Coon and Michigan. 

It's still very early in his career, but Coon has a chance to be something special. Also enrolled in the College of Engineering with hopes of becoming an astronaut. Proud to have him representing Michigan.


January 19th, 2014 at 4:39 PM ^

Coon has been a real surprise. Been to a few matches this year and he's been very impressive. He'll probably face Nelson at least one more time this year so he needs to keep working hard

The Claw

January 19th, 2014 at 5:17 PM ^

Dutton has been the person who has put the team from good to on the edge of greatness. He transferred here two years ago but was hurt all year and the start of this year. He is good enough to be an AA. He will help immensely if he stays healthy.

Grajales is wrestling tough against top tier opponents this year. Now he needs to do it against kids he should beat. He seems to take those matches off a lot. But he's now beaten two #1's and a #2.

And Murphy, coming out of an expected redshirt beats an AA who I believe placed second last year.

Coon is unreal. What stud. But I hate to say it, is somewhat expected. He was that good in high school.

The future is so bright for Michigan wrestling with more studs redshirting this year and couple more coming in next year. They will contend for a Big Ten title and National title in the years to come. And they just proved why.


January 19th, 2014 at 5:55 PM ^

Huge win for the team and Coon. He's simply unreal for a true frosh.

Michigan should be in the National title hunt a lot more than they have been. Michigan is a very strong wrestling state. The coaches have missed out on some in state wrestlers that have beaten Michigan guys this year. They missed on the Morse brothers and Gabe Dean from Lowell.

Hopefully they can build off this match and continue to improve. The future could be very bright.

The Claw

January 19th, 2014 at 9:19 PM ^

I'm sure 9 scholarships has a lot to do with it but recent studs who went to different schools:

Kyle Dake 4x champ

Brent Metcalf 2x champ

Plus several multi AA

But recently they've kept in state Coon, Hall, Massa's, Whitford. Each of them should be multi AA. Their wrestling center is paying dividends.

The Claw

January 21st, 2014 at 12:48 PM ^

I knew he was from Lansing.  But I thought it was east Lansing. Should have looked it up.

Thought of another Cornell wreslter from Michigan.  Cam Simaz.  4x AA, 1x NCAA champ.

Roger Kish went to Minnesota was from Lapeer, Michigan.  Another multi AA and got 2nd twice.

Michigan is a very good wrestling state.  But New York then Ohio top out AA's at the NCAA every year.


January 20th, 2014 at 1:20 AM ^

I was really down on this team for the past few seasons and even the beginning of this season to be honest, but damn, they have really turned it up...

I attended the Stanford dual meet earlier in the season, and they seemed to really lack to fire of the teams that had the Churella's, Bertin, Tannenbaum, Luke, etc...

Wow, how a month has changed this team...

The youth is improving at an incredible rate, and I am thrilled for the future...

Abounader is another kid who I am really excited to see wrestle in the future.

Also, Massa will be in the lineup next year...