The North Carolina wrestling team participated in the NCAA Championships this past weekend, March 18-20, in St. Louis, Missouri. The team had eight wrestlers scheduled to compete at Enterprise Center.
Redshirt juniors Austin O’Connor and Zach Sherman kicked off the weekend with victories in their opening matches, which advanced them to the quarterfinals on Friday.
Sherman secured a 2-0 win against Saul Ervin of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and later added a 14-1 win over No. 26 Colin Valdiviez of Northwestern. O’Connor also won both of his matches, defeating No. 31 Cory Crooks from Arizona State and No. 15 Griffin Parriott from Purdue.
There were five other Tar Heels that won matches on Thursday.
Redshirt senior Josh McClure lost his first match against No. 4 Jesse Dellavecchia from Rider, but bounced back with a win in the wrestlebacks against No. 20 Cody Bond from Appalachian State — his first career win at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Kennedy Monday, Clay Lautt, Devin Kane and Max Shaw all lost their first matches, but ultimately came back in the wrestleback rounds to beat their opponents.
Redshirt senior Andrew Gunning lost to the No. 2 seed in heavyweight, Mason Parris. In his wrestleback match against Virginia Tech’s Hunter Catka, he lost in sudden victory, 3-1.