Coon accepts Final X berth, and will compete for U.S. World Team at Final X: Lincoln on June 15

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 18, 2019, 12:53 p.m. (ET)
2018 World silver medalist Adam Coon (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC/Cliff Keen WC) has officially accepted his berth in Final X. He will battle for the spot at 130 kg/286 lbs. on the 2019 U.S. World Team in Greco-Roman at Final X: Lincoln on Saturday, June 15.

The event will be hosted at the Bob Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Exclusive live and on-demand coverage will be provided on FloWrestling, as well as on the FloSports apps on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.

Coon is one of the rare athletes who have won international medals in both Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle. He was a 2018 World silver medalist in Greco-Roman at 130 kg, competing in his first Senior World Championships. He qualified for the Senior Worlds by winning the 2018 Greco-Roman World Team Trials in Tulsa. The next day, he was second in men’s freestyle at the 2018 Final X at Lehigh, giving him the No. 2 spot on the U.S. Freestyle National Team. At the 2018 U.S. Open, Coon was the men’s freestyle Senior national champion and the Greco-Roman runner-up.

His ability in both international styles goes back to his days in youth wrestling. Coon was a 2011 Cadet World champion in freestyle, and also competed in the Cadet Worlds in Greco-Roman that year. In 2014, he won UWW Junior World bronze medals in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. As a Michigan high school star, Coon was the first to win two USA Wrestling Junior Triple Crowns, given to an athlete who won USA Wrestling national titles in Greco-Roman, freestyle and folkstyle the same year. He was a two-time NCAA runner-up and three-time All-American for the University of Michigan. Coon also won four Michigan state high school titles for Fowlerville High School. He is competing today at the Pan American Championships in Greco-Roman.

To order tickets, go to the tickets tab on the official Final X website at: www.FinalX.tv

The Final X series will determine the 2019 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three Olympic disciplines, and is held in two different locations and dates in June.

The Team Selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams allow for 2018 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at the weight class where he/she won a medal in 2018. 2018 World medalists must declare, in writing, their intent to accept the automatic berth into by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1. Coon has met this requirement and accepted his qualification.

In Final X, the top two wrestlers in each World Championships weight class will compete in a best-of-three series, with winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior World Team to compete at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, September 14-22, 2019.

There are two sessions in each Final X event. The series at 130 kg, featuring Coon, has not yet been assigned a session time.

The Final X opponent for Burroughs will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., May 16-19.

The weight classes assigned to the Final X: Lincoln are:
• Men’s Freestyle: 57 kg, 61 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg
• Women’s Freestyle: 53 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 62 kg, 76 kg
• Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg

Ticket prices for Final X are:
• VIP Floor - $100
• Reserved seating (100 level) - $65
• General Admission (200 – 300 level) - $40
• Group (GA only) – Buy 10 or more tickets and get $40 off

In addition to Final X: Lincoln, the series also includes Final X: Rutgers on June 8 at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on the campus of Rutgers University

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FINAL X: LINCOLN
At Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, June 15

Qualifiers to date
Men’s GR 130 kg - Adam Coon (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC/Cliff Keen WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 74 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Women’s FS 53 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Women’s FS 76 kg – Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

FINAL X: RUTGERS
At the RAC in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, June 8

Qualifiers to date
Women’s FS 68 kg - Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 79 kg - Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 86 kg – David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 92 kg – J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

ADAM COON
Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Club: New York AC
College: Univ. of Michigan
High School: Fowlerville, Mich.
Born: Nov. 14, 1994
Height: 6-5
• 2018 World silver medalist in Greco-Roman
• Second in 2018 Final X in freestyle
• 2018 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament champion in Greco-Roman
• 2018 U.S. Open champion in freestyle
• 2016 U.S. Open champion in Greco-Roman
• 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up
• 2014 Junior World bronze medalist in Freestyle & Greco-Roman
• 2011 Cadet World champion in freestyle
• Two-time NCAA runner-up and three-time All-American for Michigan
• Four-time Michigan state high school champion
• Two-time USA Wrestling Junior Triple Crown winner

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