CHAPEL HILL -- Pins from James Szymanski, Joey Ward and Ethan Ramos powered North Carolina to a 28-12 win over No. 25 Old Dominion in dual action Saturday night at Carmichael Arena. Joey Moon added a major decision for the Tar Heels, who opened their dual schedule in impressive fashion against the visiting Monarchs.
Carolina (1-0) got a dream start at 125 pounds when Szymanski scored a defensive pin against ODU's Steve Simpson to give the hosts an early 6-0 lead. After Alex Madrigal outlasted Tyrone Klump 3-2 at 133, No. 8 Ward needed just 85 seconds to put Kenan Carter on his back for UNC's second pin of the night.
Troy Heilmann pushed the overall lead to 15-3 with a 5-2 decision at 149. No. 16 Moon then continued his impressive start to the season with an 8-0 shutout of Shane Jones at 157, the major decision putting the Tar Heels up 19-3 after five bouts.
No. 14 Seldon Wright gave ODU (0-2) its second win of the night as he won an intense 8-6 decision over Jack Clark at 165. That was a close as the Monarchs would get, however, as No. 9 Ramos dominated Jared Swan at 174 to seal the dual. The reigning ACC champion scored eight takedowns in the bout and finished Swan off with a pin at 5:55 to push the Carolina lead to 25-6.
ODU's Jack Dechow and Kevin Beazley, both No. 10 nationally at their respective weight class, won at 184 and 197 for the visitors.
Cory Daniel capped a great night for UNC with a 4-1 win over Will Hilliard at 285. Daniel landed a pair of takedowns in the opening period before the two heavyweights traded ride outs.
Carolina returns to the mat next Sunday at 3 p.m. when the Tar Heels travel to Boone to face in-state rival Appalachian State.
125: James Szymanski (NC) pinned Steven Simpson (ODU), 3:55 - UNC leads 6-0
133: Alex Madrigal (ODU) dec. Tyrone Klump (NC), 3-2 - ODU leads 6-3
141: #8 Joey Ward (UNC) pinned Kenan Carter (ODU), 1:25 - UNC leads 12-3
149: Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. Michael Hayes (ODU), 5-2 - UNC leads 15-3
157: #16 Joey Moon (UNC) maj. dec. Shane Jones (ODU), 8-0 - UNC leads 19-3
165: #14 Seldon Wright (ODU) dec. Jack Clark (UNC), 8-6 - UNC leads 19-6
174: #9 Ethan Ramos (UNC) pinned Jared Swan (ODU), 5:55 - UNC leads 25-6
184: #10 Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Elijah Kerr-Brown (UNC), 8-3 - UNC leads 25-9
197: #10 Kevin Beazley (ODU) dec. Danny Chaid (UNC), 3-2 - UNC leads 25-12
285: Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Will Hilliard (ODU), 4-1 - UNC win 28-12