Registration Open for 2017 Golf Classic

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2012 Michigan Wrestling Golf Classic

2017 Wolverine Wrestling Golf Classic
August 12th, 2017 | University of Michigan Golf Course


Please join us for the 21st Annual WOLVERINE WRESTLING GOLF CLASSIC! Through the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Michigan wrestling program and our senior-level Olympic program. A vital senior-level program is a key component of our collegiate success in the years ahead, both as a team and individually. We aim to provide our student-athletes with the best training environment in the country and to support our senior-athletes in pursuit of World and Olympic gold medals. Your participation is essential! We encourage former teammates, all coaches and any U-M supporters to invite family, friends and new wrestling enthusiasts to join us for an outstanding day of golf, fun, food and prizes.

Your support will help provide a lasting gift to University of Michigan wrestling.

The Schedule

Saturday, August 12th

  • 8-9:30 a.m. | Golf Registration at Clubhouse
  • 10 a.m | Shotgun Start/Scramble Format, Lunch at the Turn
  • 19th Hole | Dinner, Raffle, Prizes and Awards


University of Michigan Golf Course
500 E. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734.615.4653

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Location Aerial

Due to partial closure of Stadium Blvd., we recommend accessing the golf course via State Street. Please refer to the construction map for more details.

U-M-Golf-Course_3Entry Fees

Golf fee is $150 per golfer/$600 per foursome
Pre-registration is appreciated
All donations are tax deductible


Golf Entry Fee Includes:

  • Greens Fees & Golf Cart
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Refreshments on the Course
  • Awards, Contests and Prizes

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsorship is $2,500.
Recognition of contributions includes an event banner in clubhouse and signage on the course and web site displaying company name, logo and/or individual name(s). Other arrangements may be recommended upon request. Please contact Josh Churella for detailed information.

Hole sponsorship is $250 per hole.
Recognition of contributions includes signage on the course displaying company name, logo and/or individual name(s).

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, please contact Josh Churella via email at



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Habat Captures Bronze at European Championships

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NOVI SAD, Serbia — The Cliff Keen Wrestling Club’s Dave Habat captured a 65kg/143-pound bronze medal at the 2017 European Championships on Wednesday (May 3), defeating Ukraine’s Gor Ogannesyan, 11-3, to earn Slovenia its first ever freestyle European medal.

Habat scored five takedowns en route to his decision against Ogannesyan in the medal match. He converted on a pair of single-leg shots to build up a first-period advantage, scoring 35 seconds into the bout and, after giving up a stepout point, finishing off a restart in the final 10 seconds of the frame. Habat stayed on the offensive in the second with two single-leg takedowns and a double leg late. He gave up two points out of a flurry in the waning second but came out on top for another point at the buzzer. [WATCH Habat’s bronze-medal match.]

Habat fell to Bulgaria’s Boris Novachkov, 6-2, in the first round, but was pulled back in when Novachkov, a former three-time All-American at Cal Poly, reached the championship match. Habat cruised to a 14-4 technical fall against Bulgaria’s Viktar Serada to advance to the bronze-medal match.


Dave Habat, 65kg/143 pounds
First Round – dec. by Boris Novachkov (Bulgaria), 6-2
Repechage – tech. fall Viktar Serada (Bulgaria), 14-4
Bronze-Medal Match – dec. Gor Ogannesyan (Ukraine)

OW Kennedy Captures 65kg Title at U.S. Nationals

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Cliff Keen Wrestling Club’s Jimmy Kennedy captured the 65kg/143-pound title to headline the CKWC’s freestyle performance at the U.S. Senior Nationals on Saturday (Dec. 19) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Kennedy, who was also named the event’s Outstanding Wrestler, posted a perfect 5-0 record, outscoring his opposition by a combined 43-2 margin. It was his second U.S. Open title and first up at 65kg.

“It was a good tournament,” said Kennedy. “I wrestled solid the entire time. I’ve always been a solid wrestler, but putting a lot of points on the board, I think I failed to live up to that the last couple of years. Now I feel comfortable and I’m not really too worried about getting scored on because I know if I keep pushing the pace, I’m going to be able to score points.”

Kennedy rallied from an early deficit to defeat Ohio State’s four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber, 9-2, in the championship match. Stieber scored off a snap down early in the first period before Kennedy evened the score with a takedown of his own a minute later and broke it open in the second frame. After moments after being warned for passivity, Kennedy finished on a four-point high crotch, narrowly avoiding giving up exposure points himself on the exchange. The call was upheld on an ensuing challenge, and Kennedy struck again immediately on the restart, scoring off a double leg to pad his lead.

He earned shutout victories in all of his preliminary matches, including a 9-0 decision against Reece Humphrey in the semifinals. Kennedy built up a sizable first-period lead with two takedowns — a counter high single and a feet-to-back double leg on the edge — and extended his lead with another single leg and a late two-point exposure, keeping Humphrey on his back for the final 20 seconds of the bout.

In addition to Kennedy, Kellen Russell, Logan Massa and J.T. Felix also posted top-seven finishes at their respective weights to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, scheduled for April 9-10, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Massa posted an impressive 5-2 record en route to fourth place at 74kg/163 pounds in his first ever senior-level tournament. He sacrificed an early advantage in his third-place contest against veteran Nick Marable, falling 4-2 when Marable scored on two stepouts and a counter takedown late in the first period.

Massa reeled off five straight wins in the wrestlebacks after dropping a close 6-5 decision in the first round against another veteran, Adam Hall — all on exposure points from the neutral position — with two technical falls. He earned an 11-0 win over Vladyslav Dombrovskiy late in the day, scoring four takedowns, including a four-point throw off a deep Dombrovskiy deep single, and won by disqualification against Kevin LeValley in the consolation semifinals when LeValley yanked his shoulder against joint. Massa led 2-0 at the time of the DQ.

Russell claimed fifth place at 65kg with a 4-2 record, similarly rallying from an early loss with back-to-back technical falls in the wrestlebacks. He knocked off Chase Pami, 10-0, on a quick takedown and three gut wrenches in the first period before adding a match-ending single leg early in the second. He also rallied to beat fellow CKWC member B.J. Futrell, 15-4, in the wrestlebacks.

Felix went 3-3 en route to sixth place at 97kg/213 pounds — his first placing performance in his second career senior-level freestyle tournament. Among his wins, Felix rallied to defeat veteran Deron Winn, 11-3, in the wrestlebacks after scoring two four-point double legs on the edge in the second period. He also cruised past Braden Atwood, 12-2, on five takedowns, including a matching-ending four-point double early in the second.

Stevan Micic and B.J. Futrell just missed qualifying at 57kg/125.5 pounds and 65kg, respectively. Futrell missed by one match, finishing eighth at 65kg

Futrell posted a 2-3 record in his first competition in two years. He opened with a dominant 12-0 technical fall against Nazar Kulchytskyy, scoring two four-point throws, including one to end the bout in the second period. He also held on to earn an 8-7 decision against Nick Dardanes in the wrestlebacks, building an eight-point lead off of three takedowns and a two-point exposure off a crotch lift before fending off a late Dardanes charge.

Micic went 3-2 in his second senior-level tournament this fall. Among his wins, he avenged an earlier loss to veteran Frank Perrelli, rallying from a four-point deficit early in the second to score on a takedown and four leglaces and earn an 11-6 decision. He was eliminated by Ohio State’s defending NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello, who earned a 4-2 decision on a counter takedown and two stepouts.


Stevan Micic, 57kg/125.5 pounds
First Round – tech. fall Luis Nunez (Kings of Arizona), 10-0
Second Round – tech. fall by Coleman Scott (Sunkist Kids), 10-0
Consolations – dec. Frank Perrelli (Titan Mercury WC), 11-6
Consolations – tech. fall Cruse Aarhus (Panther Wrestling RTC), 13-2
Consolations – dec. by Nathan Tomasello (Titan Mercury WC), 4-2
Eliminated with a 3-2 record

Jimmy Kennedy, 65kg/143 pounds
First Round – tech. fall Filip Novachkov (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
Second round – tech. fall Joshua Kindig (Tar Heel WC), 10-0
Quarterfinals – dec. Jason Chamberlain (Titan Mercury WC), 5-0
Semifinals – dec. Reece Humphrey (NYAC), 9-0
Final dec. Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury WC), 9-2
Finished as the 65kg champion with a 5-0 record

Kellen Russell, 65kg/143 pounds
First Round – Bye
Second Round – tech. fall Michael Dunkum (Pursuit WC), 10-0
Quarterfinals – dec. by Aaron Pico (Titan Mercury WC), 10-3
Consolations – tech. fall Chase Pami (Sunkist Kids), 10-0
Consolations – tech. fall B.J. Futrell (Titan Mercury WC), 15-4
Consolations – tech. fall by Reece Humphrey (NYAC), 10-0
Fifth Place – won by medical forfeit over Frank Molinaro (Nittany Lion WC)
Finished in fifth place with a 4-2 record

B.J. Futrell, 65kg/143 pounds
First Round – Bye
Second Round – tech. fall Nazar Kulchytskyy (Titan Mercury WC), 12-0
Quarterfinals – tech. fall by Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
Consolations – dec. Nick Dardanes (Minnesota Storm), 8-7
Consolations – tech. fall by Kellen Russell (NYAC), 15-4
Seventh Place – tech. fall by Jason Chamberlain (Titan Mercury WC), 12-2
Finished in eighth place with a 2-3 record

Logan Massa, 74kg/165 pounds
First Round – dec. by Adam Hall (Titan Mercury WC), 6-5
Consolations – won by medical forfeit over Camden Carter-Grimes (Pursuit Wrestling Club)
Consolations – tech. fall Nestor Taffur (Lehigh Valley Athletic Club), 12-2
Consolations – injury def. Michael Moreno (Titan Mercury WC), 0:09
Consolations – tech. fall Vladyslav Dombrovskiy (Army), 11-0
Consolations – won by disqualification Kevin LeValley (Buffalo Valley RTC), 0:41
Third Place – dec. by Nick Marable (Sunkist Kids), 4-2
Finished in fourth place with a 5-2 record

J.T. Felix, 97kg/213 pounds
First Round – tech. fall Joe Nord (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
Quarterfinals – pinned by Scott Schiller (Minnesota Storm), 4:46
Consolations – tech. fall Braden Atwood (Tar Heel WC), 12-0
Consolations – dec. Deron Winn (Titan Mercury WC), 11-3
Consolations – pinned by Kyven Gadson (Sunkist Kids WC) , 4:57
Fifth Place – dec. by Micah Burak (Titan Mercury WC), 8-2
Finished in sixth place with a 3-3 record

Coon Captures Greco Gold at U.S. Senior Nationals

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Cliff Keen Wrestling Club’s Adam Coon captured the 130kg/286-pound Greco-Roman gold medal at the 2015 U.S. Senior Nationals on Friday evening (Dec. 18) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event also served as the largest qualifier for the Olympic Team Trials, scheduled for April 9-10, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Coon, who was already qualified for the Olympic Trials after winning the Bill Farrell International last month, posted a 4-0 record with a pin and three technical falls. None of his matches went to a second period.

He earned an 8-0 technical fall against Parker Betts in the championship match without much effort, scoring on five stepouts and three caution points in just 2:45 when Betts continued to back straight out of bounds to avoid tying up with the Wolverine wrestler.

Coon also made quick work of his preliminary opponents. He similarly defeated Jacob Mitchell, 8-0, in the semifinal round, countering a throw attempt to put Mitchell on his back early in the first period before countering another for four points late, adding a quick gut wrench for two more points to end the bout at the 2:55 mark. His pin came against Jack Griggs in the quarterfinals when Coon again counter a throw attempt to put Griggs on his back just 46 seconds into the opening frame.

The CKWC also had Ryan Hope claim seventh place at 85kg/184 pounds to earn the weight’s final qualifying spot for the Olympic Trials. He posted a 3-2 and overcame an initial deficit to beat Army’s Courtney Myers in the seventh-place bout. He trailed, 4-0, after the first period but cut the gap with a takedown off a bodylock early in the second and surged into the lead with a four-point throw with a minute remaining.

The U.S. Senior Nationals will resume tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 19) with the freestyle competition at 9 a.m. PST at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The CKWC will have Stevan Micic, B.J. Futrell, Jimmy Kennedy, Kellen Russell, Logan Massa and J.T. Felix in the field.

CKWC Results

Adam Coon, 130kg/286 pounds
First Round – tech. fall Kirk Wilson (Sunkist Kids), 8-0
Quarterfinals – pinned Jack Griggs (Northern Michigan), 0:46
Semifinals – tech. fall Jacob Mitchell (CSU Pueblo), 8-0
Final – tech. fall Parker Betts (Minnesota Storm), 8-0

Ryan Hope, 85kg/184 pounds
First Round – dec. by Khymbakhy Johnson (NYAC/NMU), 5-2
Consolations – tech. fall Brandon Marshall (Keystone Heights), 10-0
Consolations – injury def. Jon Anderson (Army (WCAP))
Consolations – dec. by Mark Stenberg (NYAC/NMU), 4-1
Seventh Place – dec. Courtney Myers (Army (WCAP)), 6-4