When members of the North Carolina wrestling team opened the Hokie Duals Sunday against Big Ten opponent No. 20 Wisconsin, they weren’t supposed to win.
But they did — 24-21 .
After dropping two more matches against Old Dominion and Hofstra in the ensuing rounds, the Tar Heels ended the day, and started their season, 1-2
“It was certainly less than spectacular,” said coach C.D. Mock .
“But we didn’t expect it to be spectacular.”
As the tightly-knotted match with Wisconsin came to its last few bouts, junior Frank Abbondanza of the 197-pound weight class walked onto the mat to face Wisconsin wrestler and North Carolina native Timmy McCall.
“He’s a tough kid. He was a lot bigger than I was,” Abbondanza said. “I just couldn’t let him dictate the pace of the match.”
Abbondanza said he knew McCall was going to shoot early and often, and the only way to win was to force him into a state of fatigue.
Keeping his body positioned well, Abbondanza dodged McCall’s attempts and once he had him tired enough, Abbondanza got to work.