Ohio University’s wrestlers finished 1-3 after the first session of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday. The team was 40th out of more than 50 teams after the four matches.
Cameron Kelly pulled off a close win in the first round. The 141-pounder beat University of North Carolina’s A.C. Headlee. It came down to the final seconds, where Kelly got a takedown, winning 6-4. He moves on to face returning All-American and MAC champion, Jaydin Eierman. The last time the two wrestled was in 2016, and Eierman pinned Kelly.
Mario Guillen kicked the tournament off with a hard-fought match against the 10th seed, Roman Bravo-Young. Guillen kept it close with the Penn State wrestler up until the third period. However, Bravo-Young took Guillen down and earned back points to win 8-1. Guillen is now in wrestle-backs. He will wrestle Appalachian State’s Codi Russell. They went against each other earlier in the season, and Guillen pinned Russell.
157-pounder, Zac Carson, also lost his first-round match. Ke-Shawn Hayes dominated Carson on both feet and on top. The Ohio State wrestler earned a riding point to defeat Carson 7-1. Carson falls to the wrestle-backs, and will be up against Purdue’s Jacob Aven.
At Heavyweight, Zack Parker had a rough start too. He lost to the third seed, Minnesota’s Gable Steveson, by technical fall in the second period. Parker now faces A.J. Nevills in wrestle-backs. They have not gone against each other yet.
Session 2 starts at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
First Championship Round: Mario Guillen lost 8-1 to Roman Bravo-Young (PSU)
First Championship Round: Cameron Kelly won 6-4 against A.C. Headlee (UNC)
First Championship Round: Zac Carson lost 7-1 to Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State)
First Championship Round: Zack Parker lost by technical fall to Gable Steveson (Minnesota)