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Lautt's pin leads UNC to victory over Chattanooga

CHAPEL HILL --- Clay Lautt's second pin of the year and Zach Sherman's major decision win helped No. 19 North Carolina (2-1) to a 22-15 win over Chattanooga (1-4) Sunday in Carmichael Arena.

After Chattanooga picked up five team points with a tech fall at 125 pounds, Jaime Hernandez and Sherman accounted for back-to-back wins to put Carolina back on top. Hernandez notched a 4-1 win over Franco Valdez, while Sherman stormed out of the gate and won with a 14-3 major decision over Aidan Murphy.

Following Chattanooga's win at 149 pounds, Carolina won three straight bouts to score enough team points to ultimately put away the dual. A.C. Headlee and Kennedy Monday went back-to-back with wins via decision before Clay Lautt posted the performance of the dual.

For the second time in two weeks, Lautt picked up a win via fall. Already winning against Chattanooga's Hunter Fortner in the third period, Lautt locked up a cradle with under a minute to go and turned Fortner to his back for a pin. That gave UNC six team points, lifting the team score to 19-9.

Chattanooga took the bouts at 184 and 197, but Andrew Gunning's 9-3 win at heavyweight wrapped up a 22-15 team win for the Tar Heels.

Carolina will be back in action next Sunday, December 1 against Appalachian State. The dual is set to start at 2 p.m. EST.

Results:
125: Fabian Gutierrez (CHAT) tech fall Jeremiah Derby (UNC), 16-0 - Chattanooga leads, 5-0
133: Jaime Hernandez (UNC) dec. Franco Valdez (CHAT), 4-1 - Chattanooga leads, 5-3
141: Zach Sherman (UNC) maj. dec. Aidan Murphy (CHAT), 14-3 - UNC leads, 7-5
149: Tanner Smith (CHAT) maj. dec. Michael Goldfeder (UNC), 9-0 - Chattanooga leads, 9-7
157: A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. George Carpenter (CHAT), 8-6 - UNC leads, 10-9
165: #18 Kennedy Monday (UNC) dec. Drew Nicholson (CHAT), 15-8 - UNC leads, 13-9
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) pinned Hunter Fortner (CHAT), 6:26 - UNC leads, 19-9
184: Matthew Waddell (CHAT) dec. Joey Mazzara (UNC), 9-3 - UNC leads, 19-12
197: Rodney Jones (CHAT) dec. Brandon Whitman (UNC), 8-2 - UNC leads, 19-15
285: Andrew Gunning (UNC) dec. Grayson Walthall (CHAT), 9-3 - UNC wins, 22-15

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