Kelly Takes Home Silver; Cormier Advances

ATHENS, Greece ( – Former Oklahoma State wrestler Jamill Kelly defeated Makhach Murtazaliev of Russia to advance to the gold medal match before losing to Ukraine's Elbrus Tedeev.

Kelly went to overtime for the third consecutive match against Murtazaliev. There was a disputed call in overtime that would have given Murtazaliev the victory, but the American coaches appealed the ruling and it got overturned to send Kelly into the final match with a 3-1 victory.

Tedeev proved to be too much for Kelly in the finals. Tedeev won his fourth world championship with a 5-1 decision.

Daniel Cormier, 2001 NCAA runner-up for Oklahoma State, advanced out of Pool 7 in the 96 kg weight class. Cormier will receive a bye in the quarterfinals and will wrestle the winner of Russia's Khadjimourat Gatsalov and Alexandr Shemarov of Belarus in the semifinals. The semifinals will take place at 1:30 a.m. CDT.

Cormier had little trouble advancing out of a very tough pool. All three wrestlers were ranked in the top 10 in the world. Cormier, ranked fifth, defeated seventh-ranked Bartolomeij Bartnicki of Poland 10-1 and he shutout ninth-ranked Radovan Valach of Austria 9-0.

Eric Guerrero received the toughest draw of any of the American wrestlers. Guerrero had to face two wrestlers that both hold world medals. Guerrero lost to Oyunbileg Purevbattar of Mongolia 3-1 before losing to Georgia's David Pogosian 3-1 and failed to advance.

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