UNC answered Wilson's win with a victory of its own from Austin O'Connor, who narrowly defeated Matt Grippi at 149 pounds.
However, N.C. State refused to give the Tar Heels any momentum in the next bout after Hayden Hidlay won a 9-2 decision over North Carolina's A.C. Headlee at 157 pounds.
North Carolina again answered with an impressive win from Kennedy Monday against N.C. State's Tyler Barnes. Kennedy racked up a couple of bonus points from a tech fall, putting UNC up 11-9.
Following the back and forth trend of the night, N.C. State's Daniel Bullard picked up an 8-4 victory in the 174 pound weight class against North Carolina's Clay Lautt. The Wolfpack carried their momentum into the next round after No. 3 Trent Hidlay scored a major decision over Joey Mazzara.
UNC needed a win from Brandon Whitman in the 197 pound weight class for any shot at a victory, and he delivered with a 7-0 decision against Nick Reenan, cutting N.C. State's lead to 16-14.
In the heavyweight bout, N.C. State secured its victory once Deonte Wilson achieved a 5-2 decision over North Carolina's Andrew Gunning with two clutch takedowns, including an aerobatic takedown that was granted to Wilson after an official review.
Who stood out?
Monday once again put on a strong performance for the Tar Heels in his bout against Barnes. Monday capitalized on his opponent by racking up four takedowns and a four-point near fall in the first round.
No. 3 O'Connor also played a key role in the Tar Heels' success, overcoming debilitating leg cramps to come back for a narrow victory over Grippi.
When was it decided?
Whitman was crucial in giving the Tar Heels hope with his upset of No. 20 Reenan with a series of crucial takedowns, making the heavyweight match the deciding bout. However, the Wolfpack overcame North Carolina's final push, ending the dual meet with a sound win in a heavyweight bout that sealed N.C. State's victory.
Why does it matter?
The defeat against N.C. State gave UNC just its second loss of the season. The Tar Heels will look to turn it around and gain some momentum heading into the final four dual meets of the season.
When do they play next?
North Carolina will return to the mats on Friday against the No. 10 Pittsburgh Panthers for another competitive dual meet in ACC competition.
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