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No. 24 North Carolina downs No. 19 Pittsburgh on Senior Night in Chapel Hill, 19-12 -

by UNC Athletics

Action image courtesy of North Carolina athletics, by Anthony Sorbellini

CHAPEL HILL - The No. 24 North Carolina wrestling team secured a 19-12 victory over No. 19 Pittsburgh in Carmichael Arena on Friday night. The Tar Heels also secured a perfect 6-0 record at home this season with the win. The last UNC team to go undefeated at home was the 2001-02 team, who went 10-0.

"It feels good to send the seniors out with a win," head coach Coleman Scott said. "It's always good to get an important win on senior night in front of a big crowd."

To kick-off, the dual Spencer Moore dropped a tough 2-1 sudden victory thanks to a second stall call. Late in the third period, a takedown gave Joe Heilmann a massive 3-2 win over No. 7 Micky Phillippi at 133. The Panthers would retake the lead with Cole Matthews grinding out a 3-2 decision over previously unbeaten Kizhan Clarke. The Tar Heels would soon tie the match at six with a solid 8-2 decision by Zach Sherman.

Austin O'Connor picked up the 2-1 decision to move to 15-1 on the season, while Michael Goldfeder dropped an 8-1 decision to Jake Wentzel. At 174, Clay Lautt fought hard and earned the 4-2 decision to grow the Tar Heel match lead to 12-9. Gavin Kane would come in clutch with the 17-8 major decision over Gregg Harvey.

In the 197-pound bout, Max Shaw battled but eventually fell to Nino Bonaccorsi 7-1. Brandon Whitman locked up the dual win for the Tar Heels in the heavyweight bout with a 4-3 decision over Jake Slinger.

North Carolina returns to action on Friday, Feb. 11, as they travel to Blacksburg to face No. 7 Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels and Hokies meet at 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.

No. 24 North Carolina 19, No. 19 Pittsburgh 12

Feb. 4, 2022 | Carmichael Arena | Chapel Hill, N.C.

125: No. 31 Gage Curry (PITT) over Spencer Moore (UNC) | 2-1 SV1

133: No. 23 Joe Heilmann (UNC) over No. 7 Micky Phillippi (PITT) | 3-2 Dec

141: No. 17 Cole Matthews (PITT) over No. 6 Kizhan Clarke (UNC) | 3-2 Dec

149: No. 20 Zach Sherman (UNC) over Dan Mancini (PITT) | 8-2 Dec

157: No. 6 Austin O'Connor (UNC) over No. 21 Elijah Curry (PITT) | 2-1 Dec

165: No. 14 Jake Wentzel (PITT) over Michael Goldfeder (UNC) | 8-1 Dec

174: No. 13 Clay Lautt (UNC) over Hunter Kernan (PITT) | 4-2 Dec

184: No. 21 Gavin Kane (UNC) over No. 32 Gregg Harvey (PITT) | 17-8 MD

197: No. 8 Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) over No. 29 Max Shaw (UNC) | 7-1 Dec

HWT: Brandon Whitman (UNC) over Jake Slinger (PITT) | 4-3 Dec

Extra Matches

174: No. 13 Clay Lautt (UNC) over James Lledo (PITT) | 13-2 MD

184: Hunter Queen (UNC) over Nicholas Meglino (PITT) | 5-4 Dec