“Three overtime matches, we won all three of them," Scott said. "Usually, it’s not 3-0. We got tough, and it’s not just the takedown. It’s everything we did before that.”
One of the most significant matches of the night came in the 184-pound bout. UNC redshirt junior Chip Ness squared off against Pitt’s Gregg Harvey. Ness, who is ranked No. 17 in the country for his weight class, entered the night with an eight-match win streak and was looking to help secure another victory for the Tar Heels.
The match was close through the first two periods, but Ness was able to pull away in the third period for an 8-5 victory. The victory extended his win streak to nine matches, and it furthered North Carolina’s edge to 19-10.
“It really feels like I’m starting to get everything clean with my technique, and I’m not making any little mistakes," Ness said. "I’m really just starting to pick up things.”
Ness may be performing at a high level right now, but he is not letting his streak become a distraction.
“My goals are still the same," Ness said. "I still want to be national champion. The streak is not really going to deter me from doing anything. I’m not going (to be) that upset if I lose a match. It’s about peaking at the right time and doing well in the NCAA Tournament.”
Behind the performance of Ness and his teammates, the Tar Heels were able to stay undefeated in conference play. UNC is beginning to trend in the right direction now that it's winning its close matches, something that the team struggled with earlier in the season.
“There were really six key matches where I knew they were close in rankings, and we won the majority of those,” Scott said. “That’s great to see of the guys, just stepping up, facing the challenge.”
The Tar Heels will now turn their focus to ACC opponent Virginia Tech, which they will wrestle against on Feb. 3 in Blacksburg, Va. The No. 10 Hokies are undefeated in conference play.
“We got Virginia Tech next weekend which is a tough task, but I love it and I can’t wait for it,” Scott said. “I think it's good to build on what they’ve done the last two matches, getting better. I’m really looking forward to what’s next for us.”
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