In its first home match of the season, the North Carolina wrestling team set out to prove itself, flexing muscles to put down Old Dominion 28-12.
The early matches of the night surmounted a Tar Heel lead that could not be overcome by the Monarchs. After the first seven matches of the night through the 174 lb. weight class, five Tar Heels had already won, making it mathematically impossible for Old Dominion to win.
The teams lead was compiled at the hands, and takedown maneuvers of James Syzmanski, Joey Ward and Ethan Ramos, who all won by falls to contribute 18 of the teams 28 points.
Szymanski’s take-down put the team up to an early 6-0 lead that was extended two matches later by Ward, who took down his opponent in quick fashion early on in the first period.
The lead was later cushioned by victories from Troy Heilmann in a 5-2 decision, an 8-0 win by decision for Joey Moon, until finally Ramos came in to issue the final blow to put the score up to 25-6.