BOONE, N.C. -- Freshman Joe Heilmann's first dual win as a Tar Heel helped lead No. 15 North Carolina to a 28-7 win over Appalachian State. The win gives UNC a 3-0 record to start the year for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
The dual started at 149 pounds, giving No. 9 Austin O'Connor the opportunity to start the afternoon strong. He stormed out of the gate and picked up bonus points in his win, a major decision that would start a run of five straight victories for the Tar Heels. Josh McClure (165) and No. 8 Chip Ness (184) both won with major decisions before the intermission, while No. 6 Kennedy Monday (157) and Devin Kane (174) grinded out wins to give UNC an 18-0 lead at the break.
The second half of the dual was capped by standout performances from Heilmann and No. 13 Cory Daniel. Heilmann broke out early with a 6-point first period and never looked back. He held strong the rest of the way, rolling to a 14-5 win. Daniel was tied with App State's Cary Miller late in the third period, but was able to find a way to win late. With under ten seconds to go, he scored on a quick takedown and held on as the buzzer sounded.
A.C. Headlee finished the afternoon with a 7-0 win at 141 pounds, capping off a 28-7 win for the Tar Heels.
"This was a team win. It's one you love to see," head coach Coleman Scott said. "Everyone who took the mat today came to win and it showed. You have to give credit to Joe Heilmann for picking up bonus points for us, and starting the day with Austin O'Connor's big win was huge. I'm proud of this team. They're showing everyone who we think we can be this year."
The Tar Heels will head to Las Vegas this weekend for the 2018 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
149: #9 Austin O'Connor (UNC) maj. dec. Jonathan Millner (APP), 14-3 - UNC leads 4-0
157: #6 Kennedy Monday (UNC) dec. Angel Najar (APP), 5-1 - UNC leads 7-0
165: Josh McClure (UNC) maj. dec. Joe Accousti (APP), 10-1 - UNC leads 11-0
174: Devin Kane (UNC) dec. Thomas Flitz (APP), 6-5 - UNC leads 14-0
184: #8 Chip Ness (UNC) maj. dec. Alan Clothier (APP), 10-2 - UNC leads 18-0
197: Randall Diabe (APP) maj dec. Hunter Queen (UNC), 10-2 - UNC leads 18-4
285: #13 Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Cary Miller (APP), 3-1 - UNC leads 21-4
125: Joe Heilmann (UNC) maj. dec. Andy Richard (APP), 14-5 - UNC leads 25-4
133: Codi Russell (APP) dec. James Szymanski (UNC), 4-3 - UNC leads 25-7
141: A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 7-0 - UNC wins 28-7