Once again, North Carolina responded strongly following a loss, with redshirt first-year Michael Goldfeder scoring a 9-5 victory over Steve Abbate. Goldfeder initially fell to a 2-0 deficit but stormed back with a series of takedowns to secure the victory.
Going into the next two bouts, North Carolina carried a 7-6 lead and had two ranked wrestlers coming up.
In the 157-pound division, No.16 A.C. Headlee was upset by unranked Tyler Eischens in a close 4-3 bout. Following that loss, No. 17 Kennedy Monday fell to No. 8 Shane Griffith after getting off to a 4-0 lead. Monday conceded nine consecutive points and suffered a loss that put the Tar Heels in a 12-7 hole.
Lautt continued his dual meet success from last week, earning a major decision over Jared Hill, 14-6, to put UNC within one point of Stanford heading into the final three matches.
With the Cardinal leading in the overall score, 12-11, Stanford went on to win the final three bouts of the night and bolster its final lead to 10 points. No. 20 Andrew Gunning suffered a 4-3 upset against Stanford's David Showunmi in the final match to end the meet, giving Stanford a 21-11 victory and North Carolina its first loss of the season.
Who stood out?
Lautt continued to score important points for North Carolina. In last week's matchup with Michigan, he scored a pin that gave the Tar Heels a lead they would never concede.
At Stanford, he once again gave the Tar Heels their final victory of the meet and dominated enough to score a major decision, bringing the match to a score of 12-11 and giving UNC a realistic chance to win the dual.
When was it decided?
Headlee’s one-point loss caused a major momentum swing in Stanford’s favor. Coming off of his ACC Wrestler of the Week honor, his loss gave Stanford a lead it never relinquished. Starting with this bout, North Carolina would only win one of its final five matches.
Why does it matter?
Despite struggling to score points, the loss could have been much worse for UNC. In only their second dual meet of the season, the Tar Heels made a long trip across the country to face a side that received votes in the top-25 rankings.
Had North Carolina scored a few more times in the three matches that were determined by only one point, the final result could have been much different.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels will return to North Carolina to host its first home meet of the season against Chattanooga on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.
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