CHAPEL HILL -- Zach Sherman's major decision win and Joey Mazzara's first dual meet win at UNC helped No. 18 North Carolina to a 19-13 win over Appalachian State Sunday at Carmichael Arena.
After the Mountaineers won at 149 pounds with a major decision to begin the afternoon, the Tar Heels rattled off five straight wins to take command of Sunday's dual.
A.C. Headlee began the momentum with a 3-2 upset win over No. 13 Matt Zovistoski. He used a first-period takedown and strong defense throughout the seven minutes to pick up the decision, his second over a top-15 opponent this season.
No. 19 Kennedy Monday and Clay Lautt kept pushing the team score in UNC's favor with a pair of wins via decision before Joey Mazzara won his first dual meet match as a Tar Heel. The redshirt freshman was trailing App State freshman Julian Gorring after two periods, 1-0, but a late takedown earned Mazzara a 3-2 decision to spark the Carmichael Arena crowd.
Brandon Whitman was tied, 1-1, with App State's Paul Carson after the third period but earned a key win for Carolina on a scramble in sudden victory. He scored a takedown with neutral danger points and locked down four more back points, good for a 7-1 win that advanced UNC's lead in the team score to 15-4.
The Mountaineers followed Whitman's performance with three straight wins at heavyweight, 125 pounds and 133 pounds, tightening the score to 15-13. But Zach Sherman's 14-4 major decision - his second-straight bonus-point win - wrapped up the afternoon and gave Carolina a 19-13 win.
The Tar Heels next hit the mat December 20 when the team travels to Arkansas to battle Little Rock in the program's inaugural season. Carolina will face off against former assistant Neil Erisman and the Trojans at 8:00 p.m. EST.
149: Jonathan Millner (APP) maj. dec. Michael Goldfeder (UNC), 17-5 - App State leads, 4-0
157: A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. No. 13 Matt Zovistoski (APP), 3-2 - App State leads, 4-3
165: No. 19 Kennedy Monday (UNC) dec. Will Formato (APP), 6-2 - UNC leads, 6-4
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. Thomas Flitz (APP), 8-5 - UNC leads, 9-4
184: Joey Mazzara (UNC) dec. Julian Gorring, 3-2 - UNC leads, 12-4
197: Brandon Whitman (UNC) dec. Paul Carson (APP), 7-1 (SV-1) - UNC leads, 15-4
285: No. 17 Cary Miller (APP) dec. Andrew Gunning (UNC), 4-0 - UNC leads, 15-7
125: Sean Carter (APP) dec. Joey Melendez (UNC), 9-3 - UNC leads, 15-10
133: Codi Russell (APP) dec. Jaime Hernandez (UNC), 9-7 - UNC leads, 15-13
141: Zach Sherman (UNC) maj. dec. Bradley Irwin (APP), 14-4 - UNC wins, 19-13