earlier in the season in a dual match against Oklahoma State — but the redshirt junior battled back to win seventh place in the consolation bracket.
Ward was the only Tar Heel to earn All-American status this weekend, despite high hopes for numerous wrestlers entering the tournament. The Tar Heels finished with just 10 team points, tied for 32nd overall.
“It’s a tough tournament. You can’t just show up at the national tournament and expect to win it. But you’ve got to live and learn, you can’t dwell on it. All you can do is improve from it.” — Coach Coleman Scott on his team’s performance in the NCAA Tournament.
Ramos lost his first match to Navy’s Jadaen Bernstein. Ramos defeated Bernstein at the Southern Scuffle earlier this season by injury default, but Bernstein proved too much for Ramos on Thursday.
3 numbers that matter
6:Ward had to wrestle six matches in three days to claim seventh place on Saturday. Despite some tough losses, Ward finished 4-2 in the tournament.
4: Despite a disappointing tournament, UNC has now had an All-American for four straight years.
1:02: Ward was down 1-0 at the end of his final match, but 1:02 of riding time sent the match into sudden victory overtime, where Ward clinched the victory.
This concludes the 2015-16 season for the UNC wrestling team. Scott will compete in the U.S. Wrestling Olympic Trials on April 9 and 10 in Iowa City, Iowa, for a spot on the national team that will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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