The North Carolina wrestling team scored its first ACC victory Saturday, defeating No. 23 Pittsburgh, 20-16.
After dropping the first match, the Tar Heels (6-5, 1-2 ACC) rattled off three straight wins and led 11-3. This stretch included a major-decision victories for first-year Nicholas Lirette and redshirt senior Joey Ward and a decision by redshirt junior Troy Heilmann.
The Panthers (8-4, 0-2 ACC) answered back with two wins of their own, narrowing the lead to one point.
Next, redshirt junior Ethan Ramos dominated his opponent, pinning him and adding six points to his team’s score. With a 17-10 lead, the Tar Heels were able to hang on, winning 20-16. The team’s final three points came at 197 pounds, as junior Daniel Chaid won by decision.
Who stood out?
Lirette picked up an extra-point win for the Tar Heels. He defeated his opponent 21-9, which gave him the major-decision win and his team a lead it never relinquished.