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Hudson grad advances to NCAAs

Staff Report Published: March 15, 2017 12:01 AM
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Michael Coleman, a 2014 Hudson High School graduate, is currently wrestling for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

He competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships March 4 and 5 in Lewisburg, Pa.

Coleman was the runner-up at 184 pounds. As a result, he secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Wrestling Championships March 16 to 18 in St. Louis, Mo.

Coleman was seeded third at the tournament. He pinned Sacred Heart (Conn.) University's Edward Antler in 1 minute, 30 seconds and then scored in a pin in 8 seconds over Columbia (N.Y.) University's Jacob Young in the quarterfinals.

His quarterfinal time tied the fastest pin in EIWA history. The original record was set by Syracuse (N.Y.) University's Ed Carlin in 1958.

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In the semifinals, Coleman earned a 6-3 decision against Binghamton (N.Y.) University's Steve Schneider.

Coleman lost to the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 184 pounds in the final. Cornell (N.Y.) University's Gabe Dean defeated Coleman in the championship match 24-9.

Coleman (20-7) received the Billy Sheridan Memorial Award for most falls in the shortest amount of time. He had two pins in a total of 1:38.

As a result of his performance, Coleman, who finished 15-14 last season and 15-11 as a freshman, was named the Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

Coleman was a two-time state qualifier for the Explorers. He finished fourth at 160 pounds at the 2013 and 2014 Division I state meets.

Coleman had a 37-4 record during his senior year at Hudson.

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