There are moments in life you remember vividly. Your kid(s) being born, hearing Carrie Underwood sing for the first time, and Adam Coon beating Kyle Snyder.
Okay, I'm sorry for that opening paragraph but I know it's supposed to be some eloquent preface to the recap of the amazing Ohio State-Michigan dual and it was all I had. Michigan had a program record 8,000 plus fans in attendance Sunday for a top five power dual between the two rivals. It was filled with top individual matches with none more anticipated than #1 Kyle Snyder vs #2 Adam Coon.
There were plenty of reasons to give Coon a chance in this battle of undefeated foes, most notably the weigh-in sheet that had Snyder at 225.3 to Coon at 280.8, but pretty much everybody assumed that Captain America Kyle Snyder would find a way to win like he has done for his past two NCAA Championships, two Freestyle World Championships, and Olympic Gold Medal. It was Coon who found a way though. In the first period, he shot in and Snyder stopped the momentum with a sprawl but Coon transitioned to his favorite body lock driving him to his back for the takedown. Both guys had opportunities over the next two periods, but neither capitalized. Multiple times Snyder appeared to be in good positions after leg attacks but the hips and weight of Coon prevented improvement. Coon handed Snyder his first NCAA loss since 2015 and his first loss of any kind since one of the best two of three series in the 2016 Olympic Trials finals.
Michigan lost the dual 18-15 to their rivals, but were able to avenge two losses (three if you include Coon from 2016 Big Ten Tournament) to get the to 5-5 split. Stevan Micic took out undefeated #2 Luke Pletcher 11-4 in a one-sided affair. Myles Amine got his first win over three-time All-American Bo Jordan 6-5 with a takedown in the last ten seconds in a match where the lead changed back and forth multiple times.
Bonus points decided the dual with the Buckeyes getting a tech at 125 by Tomasello and a major from Moore at 197. Michigan's Pantaleo had Micah Jordan on his back for almost a full minute in the first period of their match after a pancake turned into a near-side cradle. The pin would have given Michigan the criteria to win the dual, but the call didn't happen.
In post-match interviews, Adam Coon said he beat the best wrestler in the world and knows Snyder will make adjustments and will be tough to beat again. Michigan's head coach was disappointed in the loss, but very proud of his team stating that they have the ability to win a national championship this season.
Even with the loss, the crowd of over 8,000 people is something for any program to be happy about. The action from the matches gave them more than their money's worth giving the Michigan program plenty to be proud of.
125 lbs |No. 4 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) tech fall No. 9 Drew Mattin (UM), 20-5; Team Score: 5-0
133 lbs | No. 5 Stevan Micic (UM) dec. No. 2 Luke Pletcher (OSU), 11-4; TS: 5-3
141 lbs | No. 7 Joey McKenna (OSU) dec. Sal Profaci (UM), 6-2; TS: 8-3
149 lbs | No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) dec. No. 18 Malik Amine (UM), 9-2; TS: 11-3
157 lbs | No. 7 Alec Pantaleo (UM) dec. No. 5 Micah Jordan (OSU), 12-7; TS: 11-6
165 lbs | No. 9 Logan Massa (UM) dec. No. 14 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU), 6-2; TS: 11-9
174 lbs | No. 6 Myles Amine (UM) dec. No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU), 6-5; TS: 11-12
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) dec. No. 5 Domemic Abounader (UM), 5-3<; TS: 14-12
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) maj. dec. No. 12 Kevin Beazley (UM), 17-6; TS: 18-12
HWT | No. 2 Adam Coon (UM) dec. No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU), 3-1; TS: 18-15