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PITTSBURGH -- The Ohio wrestling team wrapped up day one of the 2019 NCAA Championships today at PPG Paints Arena.
Senior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) will compete for the Bobcats in wrestle-back action on Friday (March 22) with his hopes of becoming an All-American still alive.
"You gotta take one match at a time," said 22nd-year head coach Joel Greenlee of Kelly's road ahead to becoming an All-American. "We have the Wisconsin guy tomorrow morning, and you've got to be ready for that one match. Then you worry about who you have after that. If you start worrying too far in advance, you're not going to get too far. So, we worry about that guy."
Kelly, the No. 12 seed at 141 pounds, fell to Missouri redshirt junior Jaydin Eierman, the No. 5 seed, by a 10-8 decision in the round of 16. Kelly will face Wisconsin redshirt junior Tristan Moran in the wrestle-back second round.
"I think you look at the way he's wrestling right now, that's the best Cam Kelly I've seen in five years. I'm super proud of the way he's competed. I think he's a guy that can on the awards stand."
Three other Bobcats saw their seasons end in session 2 on Thursday evening.
Redshirt senior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) fell to Purdue redshirt senior Jacob Aven in the wrestle-back prelims at 285 by a 10-6 decision, marking the end of his Ohio career.
"He came in with one of the best heavyweights in the country at the same time," said Greenlee of Carson. "They were both freshmen. This guy was a four-time state champ, a three or four-time Fargo All-American. And Zack Parker's work ethic just wore him out. I'm super proud of what Zack's accomplished here. Unfortunately for him, the last two years, he just hasn't been healthy for over half of the year."
Redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) was defeated by fall in 4:10 by Appalachian State sophomore Codi Russell in the first round of the consolation bracket at 133.
"I think at the end of the year, he got a little bit conservative," said Greenlee of Guillen. "That hurt him in the MAC Tournament. I thought he wrestled a great first match here. Wrestled super tough. I thought he was wrestling a pretty good match there in the last match, but some of that stuff, you know what good, basic skills are, and you roll around, roll around and something bad is going to happen at some point in time, and it did there. Lesson learned. We tell them every day in practice that basic skills win matches, and you've got to get better at them and stick to them. Sometimes they have success with them and think, 'Man, I'm better than everybody else at this.' Sometimes, the bear gets you."
Redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) lost to Columbia senior Dan Reed by a 10-8 decision in the first round of the consolation bracket at 157.
"I go to the same thing, and I hate to say it with Carson. He's been hurt for the last three weeks. Hasn't really wrestled. I think he let the last one get away from him, but the other one he competed pretty hard."
Session 3 of the 2019 NCAA Championships will get underway at 11 a.m. ET on Friday. The action will be nationally televised on ESPNU.