The North Carolina wrestling team traveled to Albany, New York, this weekend for the Journeymen Classic. The tournament was the team’s second of the year and saw several Tar Heels put up impressive performances.
The Tar Heels were part of a stacked group of teams that included national powers Ohio State, Arizona State and N.C. State, among others.
Twelve wrestlers took the mat for UNC, led by redshirt senior Joey Ward and redshirt junior Ethan Ramos, both nationally ranked wrestlers. Ward brought home the only perfect finish for the team, winning all three of his matches. Ramos fell just short of Ward’s performance, dropping his final match 11-10.
Along with Ramos, three other wrestlers notched two wins for the Tar Heels. Sophomore James Szymanski bounced back from a 5-3 defeat in his second match, ending the day with a 3-2 victory. Redshirt sophomore heavyweight Cory Daniel brought home two hard-earned victories, winning in sudden victory and overtime in his respective matches.
Who stood out?
Ward was the lone Tar Heel to go undefeated Sunday. Ward took home first place in his pool with three wins. The redshirt junior capped off his day with a 5-2 win against nationally-ranked Ronnie Perry from Lock Haven.