CHAPEL HILL, N.C.- No. 24 North Carolina picked up a pair of duals wins Sunday, defeating the Campbell Camels and The Citadel Bulldogs, 26-19 and 27-9,respectively.
In the first dual of the day against Campbell, No. 7 Nathan Kraisser (125) pinned No. 27 Eric Montoya in 3:53. After scoring only a takedown in the first period, Kraisser reversed Montoy in the second period after selecting bottom. His pin helped Carolina to jump out to a 6-0 start over Campbell.
Campbell took the second match with Tanner Bidelspach quickly pinning No. 19 Joey Ward in 0:37. The Campbell victory tied up the dual at 6-6.
At 141 pounds, No. 6 Evan Henderson defeated Michael Dahlstrom by major decision, returning the lead to the Tar Heels, 10-6. Henderson racked up three takedowns, a reversal and a 2-point near fall during the match. He defeated Dahlstrom 13-4.
UNC extended its lead with a win by decision for Christian Barber (149). Barber bested Campbell's Brent Jorge, 5-0. Barber picked up takedowns in the first and third periods and an escape in the second period.
Christ Mears fell in overtime at 157 pounds to Nick Rex after establishing a 4-1 lead halfway through the second period. After a clock stoppage during the second period with Carolina in control, Mears selected bottom. Rex quashed his attempt to reverse and picked up a 3-point near fall to tie the match. After a scoreless third period, the match went to overtime. Rex took down Mears in overtime to win the match and cut the Carolina lead to 13-9.
John Staudenmayer (165) defeated Paul Duggan in an 8-4 decision. Staudenmayer earned an early lead with two takedowns, an escape and a point for stalling. Duggan fought back in the third period, taking down Staudenmayer twice, but he could not make up the deficit. The win pushed the Tar Heels to a 16-9 lead.
At 174 pounds, Tanner Eitel handled Cody Ryba, earning a technical fall in four minutes. Eitel racked up a takedown and points for a 2-point near fall and a 3-point near fall in the first period. He recorded the final eight points in the second period after selecting bottom. His victory extended the lead to 21-9.
The Tar Heels' final match win in the dual came from Alex Utley at 184 pounds. Utley also won by technical fall after the full match. He had three takedowns and eight points total for near falls. A point for Campbell stalling and riding time helped to seal his technical fall and increase the dual lead to 26-9.
Carolina fell to Campbell in their last two matches of the dual as John Merickel pinned UNC's Frank Abbondanza in the second period, and Joe Nolan defeated David Woody in a 9-1 major decision. These Tar Heel losses cut the dual lead to a 26-19 final score.
Carolina then faced the Bulldogs of The Citadel. Kraisser once again helped the Tar Heels take an early lead with a 10-1 major decision over Joaquin Marquez. Three takedowns, a 2-point near fall, an escape, along with riding time pushed Kraisser past Marquez and pushed the Tar Heels to a 4-0 start.
Ward increased the lead to 10-0 with a pin over The Citadel's Aaron Hansen. Ward earned the pin 2:14 into the first period after a takedown and two 3-point near falls.
At 141 pounds, Henderson defeated No. 7 Ugi Khishgnyam in a 3-1 overtime decision. Henderson and Khishgnyam each earned an escape in regular time to push the match to overtime. Henderson came out on top with a takedown in the first overtime period.
In another close match, Christian Barber won a 3-0 decision over Jordan Dix, with all of his points coming in the third period. Barber reversed Dix for two points and earned another point for riding time. His victory extended the Tar Heel lead to 16-0.
Matt Frisch of The Citadel handed the Tar Heels their first loss of the dual in an 8-6 decision over Chris Mears. Despite three takedowns for Mears, Frisch won the match after additional points for UNC stalling and riding time. He cut the Carolina lead to 16-3.
Staudenmayer's 5:22 technical fall over Vincent Bellaran returned the momentum in UNC's favor. Staudenmayer had 14 points going into the third period. A quick takedown from neutral position sealed his victory and increased the Tar Heel lead to 21-3.
Carolina's Eitel earned a win by decision over Jack Duane at 174 pounds. He led after one period 4-1 and continued his lead through the final two periods of the match to win 7-4.
Utley won the last Carolina victory of the day over Josh Tuck in a 6-2 decision. After a scoreless first period, Utley selected bottom. He escaped, took down Tuck, and earned a 2-point near fall to gain a five point lead going into the final period. He escaped after a reversal by Tuck in the third to win the match and push the dual score to 27-3.
At 197 pounds, Abbondanza fell to Marshall Haas in a 4-1 decision. Haas took down Abbondanza in the first period and reversed him in the third to earn four points and the victory.
Jake Barnhart (HWT) fell in the last match of the day to No. 13 Odie Delaney. Delaney earned four takedowns. Barnhart escaped on all but one occasion, but could not overcome the deficit and fell in an 11-4 decision. This win for The Citadel further cut into Carolina's lead, but the Tar Heels still were able to defeat the Bulldogs 27-9.
Carolina will next be in action Saturday March 9, in College Park, Md., for the ACC Championships.
North Carolina 26, Campbell 19
125 - #7 Nathan Kraisser (UNC) by fall over #27 Eric Montoy (Campbell), 3:53
UNC 6, CAMPBELL 0
133 - Tanner Bidelspach(Campbell) by fall over #19 Joey Ward (UNC), 0:37
UNC 6, CAMPBELL 6
141 - #6 Evan Henderson (UNC) by major decision over Michael Dahlstrom (Campbell), 13-4
UNC 10, CAMPBELL 6
149 - Christian Barber (UNC) by decision over Brent Jorge (Campbell), 5-0
UNC 13, CAMPBELL 6
157 - Nick Rex (Campbell) by decision over Chris Mears (UNC), 6-4
UNC 13, CAMPBELL 9
165 - John Staudenmayer (UNC) by decision over Paul Duggan (Campbell), 8-4
UNC 16, CAMPBELL 9
174 - Tanner Eitel (UNC) by technical fall Cody Ryba (Campbell), 4:00
UNC 21, CAMPBELL 9
184 - Alex Utley (UNC) by technical fall over Taylor McGiffen (Campbell), 7:00
UNC 26, CAMPBELL 9
197 - John Merickel (Campbell) by fall over Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 4:48
UNC 26, CAMPBELL 15
HWT - Joe Nolan (Campbell) by major decision over David Woody (UNC), 9-1
UNC 26, CAMPBELL 19
North Carolina 27, The Citadel 9
125 - #7 Nathan Kraisser (UNC) by major decision over Joaquin Marquez (The Citadel), 10-1
UNC 4, THE CITADEL 0
133 - #19 Joey Ward by fall over Aaron Hansen (The Citadel), 2:14
UNC 10, THE CITADEL 0
141 - #6 Evan Henderson (UNC) by decision over #7 Ugi Khishignyam (The Citadel), 3-1
UNC 13, THE CITADEL 0
149 - Christian Barber (UNC) by decision over Jordan Dix (The Citadel), 3-0
UNC 16, THE CITADEL 0
157 - Matt Frisch (The Citadel) by decision over Chris Mears (UNC), 8-6
UNC 16, THE CITADEL 3
165 - John Staudenmayer (UNC) by technical fall over Vincent Bellaran (The Citadel), 5:22
UNC 21, THE CITADEL 3
174 - Tanner Eitel (UNC) by decision over Jack Duane (The Citadel), 7-4
UNC 24, THE CITADEL 3
184 - Alex Utley (UNC) by decision over Josh Tuck (The Citadel), 6-2
UNC 27, THE CITADEL 3
197 - Marshall Haas (The Citadel) by decision over Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 4-1
UNC 27, THE CITADEL 6
HWT - #13 Odie Delaney (The Citadel) by major decision over Jake Barnhart (UNC), 11-4
UNC 27, THE CITADEL 9