Coleman Named NAAA Athlete of the Week, NCAA Brackets Released
2017 NCAA Championship Brackets
Following a spectacular performance that saw junior Michael Coleman earn a second-place finish at the EIWA Championship over the weekend and punch his ticket to the NCAA Championship, the Hudson, Ohio, native has been named the Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.
Seeded #3 at 184 pounds, Coleman won his first two matches of the tournament by way of fall and was presented the Billy Sheridan Memorial Award for posting the most falls in the shortest amount of time. He pinned Sacred Heart’s Edward Antler in 1:30 and followed up by getting in on a double-leg against Columbia’s Jacob Young and pinning him in just eight seconds. It tied a 59-year old EIWA Championship record for fastest pin that was set in 1958 by Syracuse 123-pound Ed Carlin over his Franklin & Marshall foe.
Coleman advanced to the semifinals where he upset 16th-ranked and second-seeded Steve Schneider of Binghamton, 6-3, in what would be his first career win over a ranked wrestler. That win set up Coleman’s first appearance in the EIWA Championship against the three-time defending EIWA champion Gabe Dean of Cornell who has not lost a match this season. Dean would go on to win his fourth title as Coleman finished the weekend with a 3-1 record and a second-place finish.
Coleman will get a second crack at defeating the two-time defending NCAA Champion when he and Dean meet in the opening round of the NCAA Championship. On Wednesday evening, the NCAA released the brackets for the 2017 National Championship which is set to begin next Thursday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Coleman will enter the tournament with a 20-7 record, while Dean stands 30-0
Joining Coleman at the NCAA Championship are freshman 141-pound Jared Prince, who received the #16 seed and will face Cal Poly’s Colton Schilling, three-time NCAA qualifier junior 174-pound Jadaen Bernstein, who will battle 12th-seeded Casey Kent of Penn in a rematch of last weekend’s third-place match at the EIWA Championship, and junior 197-pound Steban Cervantes, who drew an opening-round matchup against 16th seeded Austin Severn of Central Michigan.
### Go Navy ###