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Real-Time Results from Sydney



7:30 - The opponents for Slay and Henson are known. Henson will face Oleksandr Zakharuk of Ukraine in the quarterfinals, and Slay has drawn Gennadi Laliyev of Kazakhstan in his quarterfinals. Both are in the morning session tomorrow. 7:15 - The session grinds on. Good news - the Russian protest was denied and Slay wins the match of his life. Melvin Douglas had is final match of the Games, losing a 5-1 decision to Tasoev of Ukraine, with all the points coming early in the bout. Slay and Henson advance, Kolat and Douglas are out. 6:35 - Brandon Slay has pulled off one of the great upsets of the Games, beating Olympic and three-time World Champion Bouvaissa Saitiev of Russia, 4-3 in overtime at 6:34. Slay opened up with an explosion, scoring a double leg takedown then a quick two-point turn for a 3-0 lead about 40 seconds into the bout. Saitiev hit a reversal at the end of the action to make it 3-1. Saitiev added a single leg takedown at 2:03 and a very flexible counter takedown at 2:58 to tie the bout at mid break at 3-3. No points were scored in the second period. In overtime, Slay got behind Saitiev during an attack and was awarded the winning takedown at 6:54. Russia immediately protested the match. 5:40 - In a battle of world champions, Melvin Douglas lost to Saguid Mourtasaliyev of Russia, 3-1 in overtime at 7:15. Mourtazaliyev scored a first period takedown for a 1-0 lead, but Douglas added one of his own in the second period for a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. In overtime, Douglas attempted a single leg, which Mourtazaliyev blocked, then hit a two-point crotch lift for the 3-1 victory. Douglas is eliminated from the competition, since Mourtazaliyev won his first match over Vadym Tasoiev of Ukraine, Melvin's next opponent. Douglas was a 1993 World Champion, while Mourtazaliyev is the reigning 1999 World Champion. 5:20 - Two U.S. wrestlers on the mat right from the start of the session, Brandon Slay on Mat A and Sammie Henson on Mat B. Slay won his match over Plamen Paskalev of Bulgaria, 4-1. He led 1-0 in the first period, and added three more takedows for a 4-0 lead in the second. Paskalev's point was late in the bout after Slay had established dominance. Henson scored a strong 9-1 win over Chihara Tanabe of Japan. Henson led 2-1 after the first period, and opened his offense in the second stanza with takedowns and turns. Henson wins his pool and qualifies for tomorrow's quarterfinals. 12:20 p.m. - Kolat returned to the mats for his scheduled second match, against 1999 World bronze medalist Islamov of Uzbekistan. The match was close throughout, with no points in the first period. Kolat released his hands immediately in the clinch, giving up the point and caution. He tied things up at 1-1 on a takedown at 3:35. Kolat took the lead at 4:17 with his patented counter from a single leg, 2-1, but Islamov scored a reversal to tie at 2-2 shortly after. Kolat led 3-2 after a single at 5:27. He received another point at 5:37 when the Uzbek refused to wrestle after the break, making it 4-2. Kolat went for a two-point tilt and held down Islamov for the pin at 5:52. His pool action is now complete - one win and one loss. His fate will be determined when Talaei faces Islamov in the evening session. 11:30 - Kolat just dropped the re-wrestled match with Talaei, 5-4. There was no score in the first period, and the went into the clinch. Kolat intentionally released his grip, giving up the one point and caution. Talaei scored two quick exposures for a 5-0 lead at 3:28. Kolat began a furious comeback. He scored a single leg takedown for one point at 4:42, then received a caution and one point for Talaie refusing to wrestle after a break, making it 5-2. At 5:40, Kolat scored another two points on a takedown exchange, and ended up losing 5-4. Kolat's scheduled for another bout this session. 10:55 - It was just announced that Iran protested Kolat's victory, and the protest was accepted. Kolat's win is nullified, and the match will be re-wrestled at the end of this session. That means Cary must wrestle three times this session. Every single year, Cary faces adversity at the world level. Here it goes again... 10:50: Henson just ripped through Moon of Korea, with a 10-0 technical fall in just 1:01. Henson scored a single leg takedown in just nine seconds, then turned Moon three times with a high gut tilt, with bonus points, for the quick tech fall win Kolat opens the Olympics for the USA with a big win. He defeated Talaei of Iran, 3-1 in overtime. Kolat scored two points on a scramble, which he initiated, as time ran out in the first period. Talaei scored a takedown at 5:38, closing to 2-1. In overtime, Kolat defended a single leg with his patented "rubber knee" counter, won the scramble and score the takedown for the win at 8:37 9:50 a.m. - The atmosphere in here is a little flat so far today. I think everyone in the venue is a bit worn out from last night's excitement with Gardner and Kareline. Saitiev of Russia has already wrestled and won. Kolat is coming up now. 9:00 a.m. - Freestyle is ready to go. It will be a light session for the U.S. wrestlers. Brandon Slay and Melvin Douglas have received byes, and will have both of their pool matches in the afternoon session. Kolat's fate will be determined - he has both of his bouts today. Henson has his first match. The U.S. has no bouts on Mat A. On Mat B, Kolat is match three against Talaiee of Iran, and Henson is the eighth match against Moon of Korea. On Mat C, Kolat battles Islamov in Mat C. Forget the draws. Everyone we have talked to says that the U.S. is upbeat and ready to burn down the house. The time has come.
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