While the crowd at Carmichael Arena was calling for a two-point takedown, Evan Henderson had bigger ideas in his final home match.
The redshirt senior pinned Pittsburgh’s Robert Lee in the 149-pound bout as No. 13 North Carolina (12-4, 2-3 ACC) cruised to a 26-12 victory Saturday over No. 21 Pittsburgh (9-6, 1-3 ACC) on senior night.
“We pretty much annihilated them,” Henderson said. “I wanted to come off the mat with a pin no matter what, and it was my last time wrestling in this gym so I had to end it the right way.”
For Henderson, the motivation on senior night was compounded by the opportunity the Tar Heels had to avenge their lackluster 21-17 loss to Duke on Wednesday.
“I don’t know if we were as psyched up for Wednesday as we should have been,” Henderson said. “Tonight, we were pissed and we wanted to get back in the win column."