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Fowlerville’s Adam Coon resumes quest for Olympic wrestling gold

Adam Coon of Fowlerville lost in the quarterfinals of the World Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

With his athletic career at a crossroads, Adam Coon of Fowlerville tried to imagine life when he’s working in a suit and tie away from the roar of the crowd.

“When I’m sitting behind a desk using my aerospace engineering degree, which would I prefer to have in my back pocket when I’m there?” Coon said. “An Olympic gold medal or an NFL career?

“So, that’s where my head and heart ended up going. I wanted to pursue Olympic gold.”

After putting his wrestling career on hold for 1 1/2 years to pursue a career in the National Football League, Coon called Michigan coach Sean Bormet, who also heads up the elite Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor.

“Hey, have you guys got room for me?” Coon said, recounting the initial phone call. “I’d love to start training again.”

It probably took Bormet less than a nanosecond to welcome Coon back into the fold.

What coach wouldn’t want to work with a wrestler with a world championship silver medal and who won the U.S. Olympic Trials less than two years ago?

Fowlerville's Adam Coon stands on the podium with his silver medal at the Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

The unfinished business for Coon stems from the reality that winning the trials on April 3, 2021 didn’t guarantee him a spot in the Tokyo Olympics that summer. His Greco-Roman 130-kilogram weight class was one of three that didn’t automatically qualify for the Olympics.

He needed to reach the championship round of the World Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria one month later to become an Olympian. His dream of qualifying for Tokyo ended with a 6-3 loss in the quarterfinals to Mykola Kuchmii of Ukraine.

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