The North Carolina wrestling team avoided a two-match losing streak, defeating Iowa State, 20-17, in Carmichael Arena Saturday.
After dropping the first match of the evening, the Tar Heels (5-3) trailed 5-0 and found themselves in an early hole. Iowa State (1-6) saw its lead erased as UNC won the next three bouts by decision, with wins by Joey Ward, Troy Heilmann and Joey Moon.
Redshirt sophomore Jack Clark scored a tech fall, which propelled the Tar Heels to a 14-5 lead. The victory proved pivotal, as Iowa State stormed back into contention, tying the match at 17-17 with one bout remaining.
With the match on the line, sophomore James Szymanski fought his way to a hard-earned 5-3 win, which clinched the match for UNC, 20-17.
Who stood out?
Clark turned in an impressive performance for the Tar Heels, as he earned a tech fall, winning his match 17-2. The victory came at an important point in the match, as UNC clung to a 9-5 lead before his win.