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UNC picks up road win over Michigan

ANN ARBOR -- Clay Lautt's first-period pin and A.C. Headlee's win over No. 10 Will Lewan helped lead No. 17 North Carolina to a 19-17 win over No. 19 Michigan Friday night at Cliff Keen Arena.

After Michigan scored bonus points at 125 pounds, Jaime Hernandez stormed out of the gate to collect a 20-7 major decision over Austin Assad. Zach Sherman followed up Hernandez's standout performance with a 9-3 with over Ben Freeman, giving the Tar Heels their first lead of the night, 7-4 in the team score.

Michigan picked up a win at 149 pounds, but A.C. Headlee's upset win over Lewan proved to be one of the major turning points of the night. Leading 3-2 late, Headlee used strong defense and late-match effort to fight Lewan's pressing offense, ultimately scoring a takedown late for a 5-2 decision.

No. 16 Kennedy Monday's decision extended UNC's lead to 13-7 before Clay Lautt locked up the performance of the night with a pin over Reece Hughes. At a new weight down at 174, Lautt was able to secure a cradle of Hughes and win via fall in 2:19. That bumped Carolina's lead to 19-7, enough to fight off the Wolverines' late run.

Michigan took the final three bouts of the night, including No. 5 Mason Parris' 4-0 decision over No. 20 Andrew Gunning, but Lautt's bonus points proved vital, helping the Tar Heels to a 19-17 win.

The Tar Heels will hit the west coast next weekend when the team travels to Stanford. The dual is set for Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. PST.

Results:
125: Jack Medley (MICH) maj. dec. No. 19 Joey Melendez (UNC), 10-2 - Michigan leads, 4-0
133: Jaime Hernandez (UNC) maj. dec. Austin Assad (MICH), 20-7 - Tied, 4-4
141: Zach Sherman (UNC) dec. Ben Freeman (MICH), 9-3 - UNC leads, 7-4
149: Nick Freeman (MICH) dec. Gino Esposito (UNC), 9-3 - Tied, 7-7
157: A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. No. 10 Will Lewan (MICH), 5-2 - UNC leads, 10-7
165: No. 16 Kennedy Monday (UNC) dec. Layne Van Anrooy (MICH), 10-3 - UNC leads, 13-7
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) fall Reece Hughes (MICH), 2:19 - UNC leads, 19-7
184: No. 17 Jelani Embree (MICH) maj. dec. Chasen Blair (UNC), 13-4 - UNC leads, 19-11
197: Jackson Striggow (MICH) dec. Brandon Whitman (UNC), 8-2 - UNC leads, 19-14
285: No. 5 Mason Parris (MICH) dec. No. 20 Andrew Gunning (UNC), 4-0 - UNC wins, 19-17

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