The North Carolina wrestling team competed at the ACC Wrestling Championships on Saturday at N.C. State. Five Tar Heels punched their tickets to the NCAA Wrestling Championships in two weeks, but no UNC wrestler won an individual championship.
North Carolina saw six wrestlers advance to the semifinals of their respective tournaments: redshirt senior Joey Ward at 141 pounds, redshirt junior Troy Heilmann at 149, first-year Devin Kane at 165, redshirt junior Ethan Ramos at 174, junior Daniel Chaid at 197 and redshirt sophomore Cory Daniel at 285.
Ward lost in the semifinals, but Heilmann followed that up with a 6-5 win against No. 2 seed Sam Speno of N.C. State. He was the first Tar Heel of the day to advance to a final and the first to clinch an automatic bid to St. Louis.
Kane lost in the semis. Ramos, the No. 2 seed, won his semifinal match against Connor Bass of Duke, 17-5. UNC’s third semifinalist of the day was Chaid, who won 8-6.
Ward and Daniel bounced back by winning consolation matches. These wins gave them third-place finishes and gave UNC two more automatic tournament bids.