LONDON -- Ellis Coleman, the pride of Oak Park-River Forest High School, lost his 60-kilogram Greco-Roman match on Monday afternoon and saw his Olympic dream die.
Bulgaria's Ivo Angelov beat Coleman 1-0, 7-1. Coleman had an outside chance to compete for a bronze medal, but when Angelov lost in the second round, the 20-year-old was done.
Coleman struggled early and never seemed to recover.
"I wrestled sluggish the first period,'' he said. "I didn't get going until the second. At that time, it was just too late. Everything just happened so fast.''
Coleman had a cheering section of about 40 people, including his mother, Yolanda Barral, and his high-school coach, Mike Powell. A June fundraiser in Oak Park helped raise $14,000 for Barral and two of her other children to come to London.
They didn't get what they had come for.
"It wasn't pretty,'' Powell said. "I think the weight cut got to him. Maybe he was nervous. Maybe he got the yips. I don't know.''
Coleman is best known for his "Flying Squirrel'' move. He tried to do it Monday, but Angelov appeared intent on not being an ESPN SportsCenter highlight.