Pittsboro, NC – North Carolina and Virginia split 10 wrestling matches but the visiting Cavaliers got seven bonus points in the span of three bouts to surge to a 22-15 win Saturday night at Northwood High School. Carolina won four of the first five matches to build a 12-3 lead but saw it evaporate suddenly at the lightweight end of the lineup.
Freshman Devin Kane gave the Tar Heels (6-6, 1-3 ACC) an early 3-0 advantage with a dominant 11-4 win over Ray Bethea at 165 pounds. No. 6 Ethan Ramos doubled the lead with an 8-4 decision over Garrett Peppelman at 174, but both Kane and Ramos missed opportunities in the late moments to push for majors.
No. 7 Jack Mueller got the rally started at 125 with a 14-3 major over James Syzmanski. UVA took an unexpected lead when Nicholas Lirette had an injury default at 133 that handed the visitors a 13-12 lead. No. 7 George DiCamillo then added another stunner when he pinned No. 5 Joey Ward in the second period at 141.
With one match to go, senior Joey Moon needed a bonus-point win to force a tie in the overall score. Moon and No. 17 Andrew Atkinson were back and forth throughout a high-energy bout, but a late escape by Atkinson gave him the win and UVA the dual.
Carolina returns to the mat on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when the Tar Heels visit Duke at 7 p.m.
Virginia 22, North Carolina 15
165: Devin Kane (UNC) dec. Ray Bethea (UVA), 11-4 – UNC leads 3-0
174: #6 Ethan Ramos (UNC) dec. Garrett Peppelman (UVA), 8-4 – UNC leads 6-0
184: Tyler Askey (UVA) dec. Anderson Pope (UNC), 6-2 – UNC leads 6-3
197: Daniel Chaid (UNC) dec. Chance McClure (UVA), 4-0 – UNC leads 9-3
285: Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Tyler Love (UVA), 7-2 – UNC leads 12-3
125: #7 Jack Mueller maj. dec. James Szymanski (UNC), 14-3 – UNC leads 12-7
133: Will Mason (UVA) injury def. Nicholas Lirette (UNC) – UVA leads 13-12
141: #7 George DiCamillo (UVA) pinned #5 Joey Ward (UNC), 4:15 – UVA leads 19-12
149: Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. Sam Krivus (UVA), 2-0 – UVA leads 19-15
157: #17 Andrew Atkinson (UNC) dec. Joey Moon (UNC), 8-7 – UVA wins 22-15