PITTSBURGH — Ohio’s hopes of having a 2019 All-American rest in the arms of one man: Cam Kelly
The senior from Bellbrook, Ohio, is the only Bobcat who will compete Friday morning. He will be on the brink of elimination, though.
After a win over Austin Headlee of North Carolina, Kelly competed well but lost to Mid-American Conference champion Jaydin Eierman, 10-8.
This sent Kelly to the consolation bracket, where one loss will send him home.
“Cam Kelly is wrestling better than he ever has,” coach Joel Greenlee said. “I’m proud of him the way he’s wrestled hard.”
The other Bobcats, however, did not fare as well.
Redshirt senior Zack Parker was the first to be eliminated for Ohio when he was defeated in his second match of the day, which was also was the last match of his career.
“I’m super proud of what Zack has accomplished here, and unfortunately for him in the last two years he just hasn’t been healthy for over a year,” Greenlee said.
Mario Guillen was the next to be taken out of the tournament when he was pinned in the second period by Codi Russel from Appalachian State. Zac Carson was eliminated as well shortly after when he lost 10-8.
“I think for Carson and Mario that’s a good lesson,” Greenlee said. “How tough this tournament is and what [they] need to do between now and next year.”
The Bobcats are proud of what they have accomplished this season, and it will be up to senior leader Cam Kelly to finish the season on a high note.