Former standout Hudson wrestler joins Naval Academy

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published:

One day, Michael Coleman had to compete in a wrestling tournament that was going to pre-occupy most of his day.

The recent 2014 Hudson graduate also had a bunch of homework to do and little time to do it.

As he has done for much of his high school career, Coleman managed to get the best of both worlds.

"In between matches, Michael was reading his book for English class," Explorers head wrestling coach Joe Caniglia said. "He would wrestle a match, do some reading and then wrestle again. He ended up winning the tournament and he got an 'A' in the class."

Such discipline and time management skills should suit him well in the future.

And those traits were the primary reasons why he recently received a federal appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Coleman, who also considered the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., plans to wrestle at Navy and study engineering.

"They both are really good schools," he said. "I guess I just felt that Navy was where I wanted to be."

The Naval Academy finished sixth at the 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championship.

Coleman joins the Midshipmen after finishing fourth at the Division I state competition the last two years.

Coleman posted a 37-4 record as a senior after finishing 44-7 as a junior.

While Coleman always was a formidable opponent on the mats, he really emerged as a superstar during the last two years.

"It was a maturity thing," Coleman said. "I really started lifting more."

Caniglia believes his former star pupil will have no trouble adjusting to his new lifestyle.

"He has an outstanding work ethic and is very goal-oriented," he said. "He's a very structured and disciplined individual. I think the lifestyle in the military academy will serve him well in the future."

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