The No. 19 North Carolina wrestling team suffered a 27-9 defeat at the hands of No. 11 Arizona State in a heavyweight showdown on Saturday at Carmichael Arena.
North Carolina (6-7) was looking to get back on track after dropping two of three matches on Friday in the UNC Duals, also a home event.
However, UNC did not get off the start they would have liked dropping the first three matches. In the 125-pound weight class, James Szymanski lost 6-1 to the Sun Devils’ Josh Kramer.
The next match involved a major upset as No. 19 Zach Sherman fell in a decision to ASU’s Ali Naser. And Nico Villareal followed up Nasers’ victory with one of his own to put Arizona State out to a commanding 9-0 lead.
In the marquee matchup of the afternoon, UNC’s No. 4 Troy Heilmann defeated No. 11 Josh Maruca in a nail-biter, winning 9-8 to earn the Tar Heels’ first victory of the afternoon in the 149-pound weight class. The deciding point came with under 15 seconds left in the bout.