LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Josh McClure's upset of No. 10 Zach Hartman and No. 4 Austin O'Connor's second-period pin helped No. 17 North Carolina beat Bucknell, 31-6, Friday night at Sojka Pavilion.
Joe Heilmann began the night for the Tar Heels (9-5) with a dominant 4-0 win over Bucknell's (5-7) Jakob Campbell. The true freshman was strong on top and used a lengthy third-period ride to start things in the right direction. Gary Wayne Harding followed that up with his second-straight major decision win, while Jaime Hernandez's 6-4 decision at 141 pounds gave Carolina an early 10-0 lead.
At 149, it didn't take long for O'Connor to win via fall for the sixth time in his redshirt freshman season. He and Matthew Kolonia started the second period neutral, and it took just 14 seconds for O'Connor to secure the pin. That marked his 24th win of the season, advancing the Carolina lead to 16-0.
O'Connor's performance sparked plenty of momentum, but McClure's upset of No. 10 Zach Hartman was the highlight of the night. Tied 1-1 late in the third period after a back-and-forth battle, McClure found a way to use a tricky position in his favor and score a takedown with under 25 seconds in the match. He fought until the final whistle and held on, winning a 3-1 decision.
After Bucknell won the match at 165, Devin Kane ignited the Tar Heel bench yet again with an unconventional win at 174 pounds. Bucknell's Nick Stephani rode out the full two minutes in the second period and appeared to have Kane winded going into the third, but the Carolina redshirt sophomore was strong on top and used a turn to score four back points. That proved to be enough for a 4-0 win.
Chip Ness continued the fireworks for Carolina with a pin of his own at 184. He took control of the second period from the start and pinned Jacob Ferreira with one second left in the period. It marked the redshirt senior's second dual meet pin of the month and advanced UNC's lead to 27-3.
Bucknell won at 197 pounds, but Cory Daniel closed out the night for Carolina with emphasis. His major decision over Brandon Stokes, a 16-6 win, was the exclamation point on a dominant performance.
Carolina hits the mat again tomorrow to continue ACC competition against No. 12 Pittsburgh at 2 p.m.
125: Joe Heilmann (UNC) dec. Jakob Campbell (BU), 4-0 - UNC leads 3-0
133: Gary Wayne Harding (UNC) maj. dec. David Campbell (BU), 10-2 - UNC leads 7-0
141: Jaime Hernandez (UNC) dec. Joey Gould (BU), 6-4 - UNC leads 10-0
149: #4 Austin O'Connor (UNC) pinned Matthew Kolonia (BU), 3:15 - UNC leads 16-0
157: Josh McClure (UNC) dec. #10 Zach Hartman (BU), 3-1 - UNC leads 19-0
165: D.J. Hollingshead (BU) dec. Sawyer Davidson (UNC), 7-2 - UNC leads 19-3
174: Devin Kane (UNC) dec. Nick Stephani (BU), 4-0 - UNC leads 21-3*
184: #14 Chip Ness (UNC) pinned Jacob Ferreira (BU), 5:00 - UNC leads 27-3
197: Drew Phipps (BU) dec. Brandon Whitman (UNC), 5-4 - UNC leads 27-6
285: Cory Daniel (UNC) maj. dec. Brandon Stokes (BU), 16-4 - UNC wins 31-6
*UNC was deducted a team point in the 174-pound match for control of the mat