ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan wrestling head coach Joe McFarland announced Tuesday (Dec. 15) that graduate student Max Huntley and juniors Domenic Abounader and Adam Coon have been named team captains for the 2015-16. The selection was first announced to the Wolverine team in practice prior to last week's Michigan State dual.
Huntley, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA over he summer, becomes the first three-time team captain in program history. He overcame two season-ending injuries in his collegiate career to boast a breakout year as a fifth-year senior in 2014-15, ranking among the nation's top 10 all season before earning NCAA All-America honors at 197 pounds. He earned his bachelor's degree in English last spring and is currently enrolled in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, majoring in public policy.
Coon also repeats the distinction after serving as a team captain as a sophomore last season -- only the second sophomore captain in program history. Coon led the Wolverines with a 32-5 record last season, matching his mark from his rookie campaign, en route to NCAA runner-up honors at heavyweight. He is also a double Junior World bronze medalist, placing in freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2014 world event. He is enrolled in the School of Engineering, majoring in aerospace engineering.
Abounader was added as a first-year captain this season. He was inserted into the Wolverines' lineup as a true freshman after Huntley went down with a midseason injury and has since established himself as a top national threat at 184 pounds, capturing a Big Ten title last season. He is majoring in sociology.
The Wolverines will be back in action at the annual Southern Scuffle on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 1-2, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hosted by the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, competition will kick off at 9 a.m. each day at McKenzie Arena.