ATHENS, Greece (http://www.okstate.com) - Former Oklahoma State wrestler Jamill Kelly won both of his matches on the first day of freestyle competition in Athens today and advanced to the semifinals.
The wins advanced Kelly out of Pool 7 and earn him a spot in the semifinals. Kelly received a favorable draw by being in Pool 7 and got a bye in the qualifying rounds. He will face the winner of Makahach Murtazaliev of Russia and Omer Cubukcu of Turkey.
Kelly won his first match over Ruslan Bodisteanu of Moldova by a score of 3-0. Neither wrestler was able to score a point in the first period.
The second period began with both wrestlers in a clinch, but Bodisteanu would not form the grip and Kelly was awarded two points. That was the way the second period ended.
The match went to overtime since neither wrestler had accumulated three points to garner a victory. The wrestlers once again started in the middle with a clinch, and this time Kelly wasted no time taking down Bodisteanu just six seconds into the overtime period to seal the victory.
Kelly defeated Elman Asgarov of Azerbaijan by a score of 3-2 to win the group.
The semifinal matches begin tomorrow morning at 1:30 a.m. CDT and can be seen on CNBC at 5 a.m. CDT.
Daniel Cormier and Eric Guerrero begin pool competition at 1:30 a.m. CDT and may also be seen on CNBC at 5 a.m.
Jamill Kelly Advances to Medal Contention
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