Despite three slow starts, the North Carolina wrestling team proved its ability to battle back en route to a convincing undefeated trip to Pittsburgh.
The Tar Heels, ranked No. 15 in the country, defeated Edinboro 26-11 before trouncing Columbia and Brown by scores of 24-12 and 29-9 during Saturday's Pitt Duals, extending their winning streak to eight matches.
While UNC (9-1) was favored to win each of its three matches, early bursts from each team put the Tar Heels in a hole. Despite facing an uphill climb, UNC was able to string together wins to take over each of its matches.
Even though the team trailed early, none of the matches were close after the final bout. North Carolina was able to pull away from the competition with big wins through the middle of its lineup.
The Tar Heels were sparked by the dominant performance of Joey Ward. Ward was untouchable in his three matches, swinging momentum for the Tar Heels.