North Carolina won the next four matches, highlighted by commanding performances from redshirt senior John Michael Staudenmeyer and redshirt sophomore Ethan Ramos — who shut out their opponents.
The momentum continued, carrying UNC to a 27-20 win over the Cavaliers.
The Tar Heels showcased mental toughness in the win, something Coach Coleman Scott criticized his team for lacking in their loss to N.C. State.
The inspiring performance and comeback victory for North Carolina show a team that learned from its past mistakes and improved on them — a quality the team will need to maintain as it heads into more ACC matchups.
“Look them in the eye and tell them that we need them. Not that I just need them, but that the team needs them. We have to fight till the end. ... We were down going into the last six matches and we stepped up.” — Scott on how he motivated his players when the Tar Heels were behind early.
With the victory, UNC is now 1-2 in the ACC. With duals against N.C. State and Virginia Tech already behind them, the Tar Heels will look to improve their record in ACC play in the upcoming weeks.
Three numbers that matter
44: Number of pins in Evan Henderson’s career. He is six pins shy of T.J. Jaworsky’s school record of 50 pins.
9: Nine of the 10 matches were bonus-point victories between the two teams.
176: Seconds before Ward pinned his opponent in the first round. The victory helped turn the tide of the dual for the Tar Heels.
UNC has a doubleheader on Wednesday, facing Navy at 5:00 p.m. and ACC rival Duke at 7:00 p.m. Both duals will take place at Carmichael Arena.