Behind strong showings from Troy Heilmann and Zach Sherman, the North Carolina wrestling team finished 15th in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
North Carolina (1-2) came out blazing in one of the top events in college wrestling. Two wrestlers in particular were very impressive: Troy Heilmann and Zach Sherman.
Heilmann was the star of the show, and it wasn’t really close. The redshirt senior, who finished second in the 149 class, went 4-0 on Friday.
His final match up was the highlight of the day for North Carolina. It was against Ke-Shawn Haynes of Ohio State. Towards the end of the second, Heilmann earned four points and had a certain pin, but Hayes was saved by the bell. Heilmann scored on a take down in the final round to make it 10-8, which was just enough to move on from this thriller of a quarterfinal.
Heilmann continued his run into Saturday. He knocked off Max Thomsen, 3-1, in the semifinal, but eventually fell in the final, 10-8.