The lead was later cushioned by victories from Troy Heilmann in a 5-2 decision, an 8-0 win by decision for Joey Moon, until finally Ramos came in to issue the final blow to put the score up to 25-6.
Cory Daniel piled on to the victory in the final match with a 4-1 victory to close out the night. Tyrone Klump, Jack Clark, Elijah Kerr-Brown, and Danny Chaid all lost their matches. Klump lost by a 3-2 decision, Clark was defeated by 8-6 decision, Kerr-Brown lost 8-3, and Chaid dropped a close match by 3-2 decision.
Who stood out?
Joey Ward was among the most impressive wrestlers of the night, though spending very little time on the mat. Ward was able to complete a win by fall just 85 seconds into the first period.
Ramos was also a crucial piece to the puzzle in the win. After a cushion had been put before him, Ramos was able to close out the match with his win by fall that shut the door on any hope for a late rally by Old Dominion back into the match.
When was it decided?
By the end of the 174-weight class match, the match had already been decided. The crucial win by fall for Ethan Ramos brought the North Carolina lead to 25-6, a decision that could not be changed though three matches still remained.
Why does it matter?
The Tar Heels dominant performance matters because it suggests that even though the season has just started, the team has improved from last year. Last year’s match between North Carolina and Old Dominion came down to the final match, won by Cory Daniel that completed an impressive comeback from UNC being down 15-3 to the Monarchs. The ability for the team to help themselves out with an early lead against a team they had difficulty with last year shows a positive trend for the new and improved team.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels will take on Appalachian State in Boone on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m.