It's rivalry weekend for Michigan as they host Michigan State on Friday and Ohio State on Sunday. The Wolverines find themselves as huge favorites against the Spartans, but then will be in a dog fight against #2 Ohio State. The match on Sunday will be at Crisler Arena, where they drew over 4,000 fans against Penn State a few weeks ago, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
The dual does feature a #1 vs #2 match-up. At 285, Ohio State's Kyle Snyder is expected to take on Michigan's star Adam Coon. The two wrestled once with Snyder taking the 8-5 decisive win at the 2016 Big Ten tournament. Since then, Snyder has added an Olympic Gold medal and another World Championship to his already incredible resume. Captain America Snyder needed to win the "match of the century" to win that 2017 World Championship in Paris over the previously unbeatable Russian Sadulaev.
Adam Coon has yet to lose this season or really be challenged. Since losing his Olympic Trials final in greco-roman, Coon recovered from a surgery, took a redshirt year, and now is back bigger than ever for his final collegiate season. He appears to have put on an extra set of pounds to his 6'6" long arm frame to even have to watch his weight on the limit. Compared to Snyder who weighed in at 97 kg (213 lbs) for the Siberian Yarygin tournament two weeks ago, some people wonder if Coon can pull off the upset as the added size has not appeared to slow down his feet or his pace.
The dual is a scary one for any team that has their highest performing wrestler as an underdog in a match making the mathematical path for victory challenging. Michigan will look to avenge losses at 133, 174 and 184 while holding serve at 157 in match-ups that all feature top ten wrestlers. 197 features a pair of returning All-Americans and 125 is another scrap featuring both guys in the top ten.
Few duals have more star power than this and both of these teams have been lauded for their top to bottom strength all season. Throw in the rivalry between the two institutions, and we will have ourselves a fun Sunday night.