After suffering its fourth loss in a row against N.C. State on Monday, the North Carolina wrestling team filed out of its dressing-room-turned-locker-room at Memorial Hall. But despite falling short yet again, an upbeat energy emanated from the Tar Heels.
UNC’s 19-11 loss against the No. 9 Wolfpack (9-1, 2-0 ACC) was certainly no laughing matter. But after a thrilling contest to the tune of a raucous crowd, the Tar Heels (5-5, 0-2 ACC) had plenty to smile about after the match.
“I’ve seen a lot of wrestling matches,” head coach Coleman Scott said, “This was probably one of the cooler ones I’ve been a part of.”
NBA-style player introductions, smoke machines and thrilling upsets — the match had it all. Coined the “Brawl at the Hall,” Monday’s match became an instant classic after it saw two overtime matches and two unranked Tar Heels upset top-15 opponents.
Considering last year’s Tar Heels took a 28-8 beating at the hands of the same N.C. State team, an electrifying competition — even if it ended in a loss — was a step in the right direction. But perhaps more encouraging than UNC’s valiant effort, the Tar Heels believe they could have played much better.