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UNC defeats Army West Point, Wyoming, American

WEST POINT, N.Y. --- No. 17 North Carolina won all three matches in Saturday's Army Duals, defeating No. 21 Army, Wyoming and American. No. 15 Zach Sherman and No. 17 Kennedy Monday won all three matches, while No. 2 Austin O'Connor, A.C. Headlee, Clay Lautt and Joey Mazzara all knocked off top-15 opponents.

In the team's first dual against Army, UNC won three consecutive matches against ranked wrestlers. The performance was capped by Clay Lautt, who pushed No. 11 Ben Harvey to sudden victory and used a perfectly-executed takedown to take the match, 3-1. Headlee added another ranked win to his resume (No. 14 Markus Hartman), while Monday topped No. 20 Cael McCormick.

Jeremiah Derby won his first dual meet match as a Tar Heel to kick off the team's win over Wyoming - his 7-4 decision over Doyle Trout earned UNC early momentum in the eventual 20-15 win over the Cowboys.

After Jaime Hernandez fell narrowly to No. 7 Montorie Bridges, Zach Sherman and Austin O'Connor won with major decisions to turn the match in Carolina's direction. O'Connor knocked off No. 18 Jaron Jensen, 14-4. Sherman's 13-4 major decision over Chase Zollmann marked his second win with bonus points on the afternoon.

The Heels strung together three straight wins after O'Connor's dominant performance - including Headlee's late 7-5 win over Dewey Krueger - to put away the match.

Against American, the Tar Heels dropped the match at 125 pounds but battled back to win the next nine bouts. Joey Mazzara highlighted the dual, knocking off No. 9 Tanner Harvey at 184 pounds (5-2).

The bout of the dual came when No. 9 Kizhan Clarke battled with O'Connor at 149 pounds. The two wrestled tight for seven minutes and went to sudden victory tied at three. After 55 seconds of back-and-forth, O'Connor found his opportunity and capitalized with a takedown as time expired to lock in a 5-3 decision.

Both Sawyer Davidson (174) and Brandon Whitman (197) won via fall.

The Tar Heels will return to the mat Friday, January 10tat Carmichael Arena against No. 12 Princeton. The dual is set for 7 p.m.

No. 17 North Carolina 19, No. 21 Army 12
125: Trey Chalifoux (ARMY) dec. Timothy Decatur (UNC), 8-5 - Army leads, 3-0
133: Jaime Hernandez (UNC) dec. Lane Peters (ARMY), 11-8 - Tied, 3-3
141: No. 15 Zach Sherman (UNC) tech fall Logan Brown (ARMY), 21-5 - UNC leads, 8-3
149: Austin O'Connor (UNC) dec. P.J. Ogunsanya (ARMY), 9-2 - UNC leads, 11-3
157: A.C. Headlee dec. No. 14 Markus Hartman (ARMY), 3-2 - UNC leads, 14-3
165: No. 17 Kennedy Monday dec. No. 20 Cael McCormick (ARMY), 6-2 - UNC leads, 17-3
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. No. 11 Ben Harvey (ARMY), 3-1 (SV1) - UNC leads, 20-3
184: No. 18 Noah Stewart (ARMY) dec. Joey Mazzara (UNC), 12-6 - UNC leads, 20-6
197: Alex Hopkins (ARMY) dec. Brandon Whitman (UNC), 3-2 - UNC leads, 19-9
285: Ben Sullivan (ARMY) dec. Andrew Gunning (UNC), 3-2 - UNC wins, 19-12
*UNC was deducted a team point in the 197-pound match

No. 17 North Carolina 20, Wyoming 15
125: Jeremiah Derby (UNC) dec. Doyle Trout (WYO), 7-4 - UNC leads, 3-0
133: No. 7 Montorie Bridges (WYO) dec. Jaime Hernandez (UNC), 4-2 - Tied, 3-3
141: No. 15 Zach Sherman (UNC) maj. dec. Chase Zollmann (WYO), 13-4 - UNC leads, 7-3
149: Austin O'Connor (UNC) maj. dec. No. 18 Jaron Jensen (WYO), 14-4 - UNC leads, 11-3
157: A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. Dewey Krueger (WYO), 7-5 - UNC leads, 14-3
165: No. 17 Kennedy Monday (UNC) dec. Cole Moody (WYO), 11-7 - UNC leads, 17-3
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. Casey Randles (WYO), 11-5 - UNC leads, 20-3
184: No. 16 Tate Samuelson (WYO) pinned Joey Mazzara (UNC), 0:59 - UNC leads, 20-9
197: Stephen Buchanan (WYO) dec. Brandon Whitman (UNC), 6-2 - UNC leads, 20-12
285: No. 18 Brian Andrews (WYO) dec. Andrew Gunning (UNC), 2-1 (TB1) - UNC wins, 20-15

No. 17 North Carolina 37, American 4
125: No. 19 Gage Curry (AU) maj. dec. Timothy Decatur (UNC), 9-1 - American leads, 4-0
133: Jeremiah Derby (UNC) dec. Daniel Kidd (AU), 6-2 - American leads, 4-3
141: No. 15 Zach Sherman (UNC) dec. Sal Profaci (AU), 7-4 - UNC leads, 6-4
149: No. 2 Austin O'Connor (UNC) dec. No. 9 Kizhan Clarke (AU), 5-3 (SV1) - UNC leads, 9-4
157: Josh McClure (UNC) won by inj. def. Ethan Karsten (AU) - UNC leads, 15-4
165: No. 17 Kennedy Monday (UNC) maj. dec. Tim Fitzpatrick (AU), 21-7 - UNC leads, 19-4
174: Sawyer Davidson (UNC) pinned Connor Bourne (AU), 4:03 - UNC leads, 25-4
184: Joey Mazzara (UNC) dec. No. 9 Tanner Harvey (AU), 5-2 - UNC leads, 28-4
197: Brandon Whitman (UNC) pinned Will Jarrell, 1:16 - UNC leads, 34-4
285: Andrew Gunning (UNC) dec. Niko Camacho - UNC wins, 37-4

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