The North Carolina wrestling team (5-4, 0-1 ACC) fell to No. 20 Arizona State (7-2) in a 31-9 loss on Friday night in Tempe, Arizona.
The Sun Devils started the night hot, getting a fall — when both shoulders are forced to the mat for one second — in the 184-pound division, commandeering a 6-0 lead. The Tar Heels answered back in the 197-pound bout as junior Daniel Chaid achieved a major decision, scoring his team four points.
In the heavyweight division, Cory Daniel lost a 6-1 decision to put the team match score at 9-4. And by the 141-pound bout, the Tar Heels notched their last point of the night after redshirt senior Joey Ward picked up a technical fall and awarded his team five points to put the match at 15-9. But Arizona State pulled away from this point on, scoring the final 16 points en route to a convincing win.