Beazley, Coon Join Cliff Keen Wrestling Club to Continue International Careers

By Michigan Athletics | April 20, 2018, 2:36 p.m. (ET)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan graduate students Kevin Beazley and Adam Coon will continue their wrestling with the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, the club announced Friday (April 20). Both Wolverines, who completed their collegiate careers last month, have world championships experience in the international styles.

"Our college and RTC coaching staffs are thrilled Adam and Kevin will continue to pursue their international goals at Michigan," said Michigan head coach Sean Bormet. "Retaining our best collegiate wrestlers is incredibly important to our program. They both have a passion and enthusiasm for the Olympic styles, understand the commitment and sacrifice required and are ready to attack this next chapter in their wrestling careers."

"Coming here to Michigan, it was always my plan to transition right into the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club and continue following my dreams of winning Olympic and world medals," said Beazley. "I want to show people that you can train in a folkstyle room and still make Greco world teams and win medals. I think this is the best place in the world to train; whether it's folkstyle, freestyle or Greco, I just want to be here."

"Coach Bormet and coach [Andy] Hrovat are both amazing coaches, and I think they will bring the best out of me," said Coon. "This is home. This is where I want to stay, and this is where I want to train. The plan is to continue wrestling both styles until my body says I can only handle one, then I'll continue until my body says can't handle either. I think training both styles makes you a better overall wrestler; it makes you a better student of the sport."

Beazley is a two-time Junior World Championships Greco-Roman team member, competing in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2013 and Zagreb, Croatia in 2014. He posted a 119-61 over his collegiate career and was a 2017 NCAA All-American at 197 pounds for Old Dominion before transferring to Michigan as a graduate student. Beazley qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time this season but was unable to compete due to an elbow injury in his third-place match at the Big Ten tournament.

Coon has a lengthy resume in both international styles, capturing Cadet World gold in freestyle while in high school (2011) before claiming bronze in both freestyle and Greco at the 2017 Junior World Championships. He was runner-up at 130kg Greco at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Coon was a three-time NCAA All-American at heavyweight -- and two-time finalist -- over his collegiate career at Michigan. His 116-15 record ranks him sixth in program history with a .885 career winning percentage.