Ramos, despite being a No. 15 seed, fought through the bracket and upset Northwestern’s Pierce Harger in the quarterfinals to clinch All-American status.
“Ethan absolutely came out here to win this tournament,” Coach C.D. Mock said. “And you couldn’t tell him differently if you tried.”
Ramos would fall short against Indiana wrestler Taylor Walsh, whose reversal in the second period gave him the ultimate edge in the 5-0 decision. But Ramos’ tournament run would help the Tar Heels tie for 24th nationally with Indiana. It’s UNC’s third-straight top-25 finish at NCAAs.
Of the five UNC wrestlers who qualified, Ramos was the only one to finish on the podium, but the wrestlers and coaches are not lingering on the tournament defeats.