The North Carolina wrestling team fell behind 6-0 after two bouts against the Appalachian State Mountaineers before picking up six of the final eight matchups in a decisive 24-12 team victory.
The first matchup on the mats saw North Carolina redshirt first-year Tyrone Klump fall 9-3 to Appalachian’s Vito Pasone. The Tar Heels dropped another match as first year A. C. Headlee fell 10-9 to Jacob Grigg, who picked up two points in the final seconds of the third period to grab the win.
In the third bout, No. 7 Evan Henderson, a redshirt senior, pinned Michael Longo of Appalachian at 2:07 for the win. Christian Barber then battled to a 3-1 victory for the Tar Heels over Matt Zovistoski.
The 157 pound and 165 pound bouts both involved third period wins by Tar Heels, as both went into the final period tied at 5. Robert Henderson, a redshirt senior, picked up a 7-6 win over David Peters-Logue. Then No. 5 Ethan Ramos, a redshirt first year, battled it out in a close match to pull out an 8-6 win over Forrest Przybysz.
The Mountaineers’ Nick Kee defeated North Carolina redshirt-senior John Michael Staudenmayer by a score of 5-3 in the 174 pound matchup to bring the Mountaineers within 6, the closest they would be to the Tar Heels for the rest of the day.