NORFOLK, Va. --- Redshirt freshman Cory Daniel turned in his second dramatic win in as many nights as No. 16 North Carolina rallied past No. 22 Old Dominion 19-18 Sunday night at Ted Constant Center. Carolina trailed 15-3 after three bouts thanks to a pin and a forfeit, but wins in five of the last six weights were enough to push the Tar Heels to 6-1 on the year.
Tyrone Klump blanked Brandon Jeske to get UNC in front but the host Monarchs scored the next 15 points to take command of the dual. Emilio Saavedra pinned Anthony Bosco at 133 before No. 5 Chris Mecate won by forfeit at 141. No. 4 Alexander Richardson then topped Joey Moon 9-5 at 149 before Carolina began its comeback.
Redshirt senior Robert Henderson got the Tar Heels back in the dual with a 3-0 win over Devin Geoghegan at 157 before No. 5 Ethan Ramos won an action-packed bout at 165 to make it 15-9.
Carolina was within three after John Michael Staudenmayer shut out Brooks Climmons at 174, but ODU regained a six-point advantage when No. 3 Jack Dechow outlasted Alex Utley in overtime at 184.
Sophomore Chip Ness set the stage for Daniel's heroics with a 7-3 decision at 197 before the redshirt freshman heavyweight dominated Austin Coburn to give UNC an unlikely dual win.
Carolina stood to win the dual on criteria by virtue of having more individual wins, but Daniel made the tiebreaker a moot point with a last-second takedown and riding time to secure the major decision.
The Tar Heels will return to the mat when they travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Jan. 1-2 for the 2016 Southern Scuffle.
125: Tyrone Klump (UNC) dec. Brandon Jeske (ODU), 5-0 - UNC leads 3-0
133: Emilio Saavedra (ODU) fall Anthony Bosco (UNC), 1:56 - ODU leads 6-3
141: #5 Chris Mecate (ODU) won by forfeit - ODU leads 12-3
149: #4 Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Joey Moon (UNC), 9-5 - ODU leads 15-3
157: Robert Henderson (UNC) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU), 3-0 - ODU leads 15-6
165: #5 Ethan Ramos (UNC) dec. Seldon Wright (ODU), 5-2 - ODU leads 15-9
174: John Michael Staudenmeyer (UNC) dec. Brooks Climmons (ODU), 3-0 - ODU leads 15-12
184: #3 Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Alex Utley (UNC), 2-1 (OT) - ODU leads 18-12
197: Chip Ness (UNC) dec. Austin Coburn (ODU), 7-3 - ODU leads 18-15
285: Cory Daniel (UNC) maj. dec. John D'Agostino (ODU) 11-3 - UNC wins 19-18