Adam Coon just finished his sophomore season and is still learning to balance the ups & downs of competition while majoring in Aeronautical Engineering at one of the best schools in the world. It seems that since Coon made such a splash as a true freshman it feels he has been around a lot longer than he has. If Coon redshirts this year, as many expect, he will still have two years of eligibility after being the NCAA runner-up this year and is just 20 years old. That is a damn scary proposition for anyone wanting to win at heavyweight in the United States for awhile.
Coon took 3rd at the US Open in Greco, and earned a (sort of) surprising wild card for the World Team Trials in Freestyle. USA Wrestling does not need to worry about any controversy with the pick after this weekend. Adam Coon dominated and made other very good heavyweights look helpless to stop him. The finals was a simple 10-0 tech over Chad Johnson (Augsburg) who was a D3 National Champ this season. Coon is getting better, bigger, stronger, and smarter. It'll be fascinating to see him in Madison in a couple weeks.
Tyler Graff dominated his way through the tournament also using it as a warm-up for the World Team Trials where he will be in front of his home crowd.
These two weren't the only guys who dominated the brackets. Earl Hall, Evan Henderson, Zac Brunson, and Nathan Burak also had their way through the tournament with impressive victories.
There were two finals with pretty surprising results though. Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) was able to out scramble the explosive Ian Miller and was leading to a tech when he was able to pin Miller in the 2nd. That's a huge statement win for the Tarheel over Miller who was the Most Outstanding Wrestler at this tournament last year. Jason Tsirtsis was a late entry and promptly given the #1 seed being a NCAA Champ and no stranger to freestyle competition. However, it was Oklahoma State's Anthony Collica defeating him 6-1 for the title. The 70kg bracket was by far the most loaded bracket and surprisingly it was Collica who came out on top.
May 31, 2015 Akron, Ohio
57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Tyler Graff (New York AC) won by tech. fall over Darian Cruz (Lehigh Valley AC), 10-0
61 kg/134 lbs.
Earl Hall (Iowa State) dec. Rossi Bruno (Michigan RTC), 7-0
65 kg/143 lbs.
Evan Henderson (Carolina WC) won by tech. fall over Anthony Abidin (NWTC), 10-0
70 kg/154 lbs.
Anthony Collica (Cowboy WC) dec. Jason Tsirtsis (Chicago RTC), 6-1
74 kg/163 lbs.
Ethan Ramos (Carolina WC) pinned Ian Miller (Golden Pride WC), 4:11
80 kg/176 lbs.
Zac Brunson (Illinois) won by tech. fall over Jim Wilson (Stanford), 11-1
86 kg/189 lbs.
Hayden Zillmer (Bison WC) dec. Ethen Lofthouse (Wolverine WC), 12-5
97 kg/213 lbs.
Nathan Burak (University of Iowa) won by tech. fall over Austin Schafer (Cowboy WC), 12-1
125 kg/275.5 lbs.
Adam Coon (Michigan RTC) won by tech. fall over Chad Johnson (Minnesota Storm), 10-0