The No. 8 North Carolina wrestling team narrowly defeated Virginia 19-18 on Friday in Charlottesville. Bonus points were crucial for both teams as the Tar Heels endured a late UVa push to secure the close victory in the last bout of the dual.
UNC started fast and jumped out to an early 10-0 lead with wins from No. 12 Zach Sherman and No. 3 Austin O'Connor in the 140- and 149-pound weight classes, respectively. Both athletes racked up bonus points for the Tar Heels. Sherman earned an 11-3 major decision to add four points to the UNC team score, while O'Connor won his bout with a pin early in the second period, giving the Tar Heels six points.
The Cavaliers responded in the third bout of the night with a victory from Justin McCoy against North Carolina's No. 16 A.C. Headlee at 157 pounds. The bout remained close throughout but McCoy secured his 3-2 win with an escape in the third period. Virginia continued their momentum into the 165-pound bout, where Cam Coy picked up a 6-3 victory over Sawyer Davidson.
UNC's Clay Lautt stifled the Cavalier comeback with a 3-1 decision over Victory Marcelli in the 174-pound bout. Lautt scored first with a six-second escape in the second period and secured his 3-1 victory with a takedown late in the third.