The No. 17 North Carolina wrestling team (4-1) earned a 10th place team finish at the Midlands Championship on Monday, with two Tar Heels finishing in the top three of their respective divisions.
Redshirt sophomore Austin O’Connor put together an impressive performance in the 149-pound weight class. O’Connor topped Iowa senior Vincent Turk in his first bout with a hard-fought 3-1 decision before ultimately falling to another Hawkeye, senior Pat Lugo, by way of an 8-4 decision. He was the runner-up in his division.
Redshirt sophomore Zach Sherman also notched a top-three finish for the Tar Heels. Sherman put together a series of two wins to advance to the semifinal round, where he ultimately fell in a 6-4 decision in an overtime period against Ohio redshirt sophomore Shakur Laney.
Sherman returned in winning fashion against redshirt Illinois redshirt junior Dylan Duncan to take third place in the 141-pound division.