Ohio wrestling junior Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio.) has been named Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday (Feb 21).
Kelly added two wins to his 23-4 record on the season, starting with a big 9-3 decision win over No. 9 Josh Terao in Ohio's battle with American University on Friday (Feb. 17). Kelly and Terao met earlier in the year at the Navy Classic in the 133 finals where Terao earned a 4-3 win after an evenly-matched battle. In their second meeting, however, Kelly maintained control throughout the match scoring first and leading 8-1 after three takedowns in two periods. Terao managed to hit a reversal in a final attempt to lessen Kelly's lead, but it wouldn't be enough to stop Kelly from earning the win. Kelly took the match in a 9-3 decision after adding a point for riding time.
Kelly continued his winning streak on the weekend with an impressive 16-1 technical fall win over Maryland's Jhared Simmons. Kelly would score first with a takedown early in the first period to lead 2-0. Kelly remained in control throughout the first period, earning four points on a near fall to lead 6-0 after two minutes of work. Kelly maintained riding time throughout the remainder of the first period, leading 6-0 before the second period began. Kelly continued to act quickly, hitting a takedown at the first whistle of the second period. Simmons got on the board after he escaped, but Kelly quickly gained control once again with another takedown to increase his lead to 10-1 going into the third period. Kelly hit another takedown for two-points to start the third before hitting a four-point near fall and taking a 16-1 technical fall victory.
After an impressive weekend, Kelly has moved up five places in the InterMat NCAA Division I wrestling rankings and is now 11th in the 133-class as of Feb. 20.
Next up on the schedule is the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Mount Pleasant, Mich. March 3-4. In last year's competition, Kelly entered the weekend as the third-ranked wrestler in his weight class in the pre-seeds and ended up taking seventh place after defeating Northern Illinois' Alijah Jeffery in a 7-4 decision.