UNC cruises to 35-6 win over Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Clay Lautt and Joey Mazzara led the way with back-to-back pins as No. 17 North Carolina defeated Little Rock on the road Friday night, 35-6, in the Jack Stephens Center.

The Trojans began the match with a pair of wins at 125 and 133, but Zach Sherman turned momentum in UNC's direction with the 141-pound match. His 9-4 decision over Conner Ward put UNC on the board to set up #1 Austin O'Connor's first dual meet appearance for Carolina this year.

At 149 pounds, O'Connor collected bonus points for the Tar Heels. He took down Tyler Brennan twice in the first period and never looked back, winning with a 13-4 major decision.

At 157, Josh McClure knocked off Little Rock's Jose Champagne, 4-0, in McClure's first dual meet appearance for the Tar Heels this season. He was followed by a major decision performance from Kennedy Monday, a 14-2 win over Will Edgar.

At the next two weights, Carolina pinned to put the team score out of reach and secure the dual meet victory. Clay Lautt pinned Tristan Tadeo late in the third period with a cradle, while Joey Mazzara locked up his first pin of the season in the second period, extending UNC's lead to 26-6.

Brandon Whitman's 7-3 win over Dylan Johnson was ultimately the final bout of the night, as Little Rock forfeited at heavyweight to send the Tar Heels home winners, 35-6.

UNC returns to the mat next weekend at the Midlands Championships.

125: Jayden Carson (LR) dec. Jeremiah Derby (UNC), 10-4 - Little Rock leads, 3-0
133: Paul Bianchi (LR) dec. Jaime Hernandez, 5-3 - Little Rock leads, 6-0
141: Zach Sherman (UNC) dec. Conner Ward, 9-4 - Little Rock leads, 6-3
149: Austin O'Connor (UNC) maj. dec. Tyler Brennan, 13-4 - UNC leads, 7-6
157: Josh McClure (UNC) dec. Jose Champagne (LR), 4-0 - UNC leads, 10-6
165: Kennedy Monday (UNC) maj. dec. Will Edgar (LR), 14-2 - UNC leads, 14-6
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) pinned Tristan Tadeo (LR), 6:34 - UNC leads, 20-6
184: Joey Mazzara (UNC) pinned Matthew Muller (LR), 3:31 - UNC leads, 26-6
197: Brandon Whitman (UNC) dec. Dylan Johnson (LR), 7-3 - UNC leads, 29-6
285: UNC wins via forfeit - UNC wins, 35-6


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