Facing a tough opponent in its ACC opener, the North Carolina wrestling team needed something to trigger its push for victory — but that spark never came.
Despite carrying the momentum of an eight-game winning streak into its match against No. 12 Virginia Tech, the No. 15 Tar Heels couldn’t get off the ground in a one-sided 27-13 loss on Saturday.
Before the Tar Heels could get on the board, Virginia Tech had already jumped out to a 13-0 lead. The Hokies set the tone early, earning extra points with a fall and a major decision in the first two matches.
The Tar Heels (9-2, 0-1 ACC) had struggled with starting matches slowly, as they had fallen behind early in each of their past three matches entering Saturday.
In those matches, UNC had relied on big wins and extra points to propel the team to a comeback. Redshirt senior Evan Henderson and redshirt sophomore Ethan Ramos appeared to give the Tar Heels those types of wins, cutting the deficit to single digits with a pin and a major decision, respectively.