CHAPEL HILL -- No. 2 Austin O'Connor's first-period pin helped No. 17 North Carolina (8-1) defeat No. 12 Princeton (2-3), 25-11 at Carmichael Arena Friday. Clay Lautt boosted his dual-meet record to 8-0 with a win over Kevin Parker at 174 pounds.
After Princeton took the dual's first bout at 197 pounds, Andrew Gunning emerged quick off the whistle and didn't look back for a 13-4 major decision over Aidan Conner. Princeton's No. 3 Patrick Glory won with a technical fall at 125 pounds, but Joey Melendez and Zach Sherman won back-to-back bouts to put Carolina ahead in the team score, an advantage the team would not lose.
At 149 pounds, O'Connor wrestled No. 15 Mike D'Angelo in what was expected to be one of the tightest bouts of the evening. However, the Tar Heel standout quickly used a front headlock to score a takedown, work the score into turn and pin D'Angelo in 1:14. That gave UNC the 17-8 team score lead.
Princeton's No. 5 Quincy Monday took the 157-pound bout over No. 20 A.C. Headlee, but the Tar Heels won three consecutive matches from 165 to 184 to finish the dual meet on top. No. 17 Kennedy Monday, Clay Lautt and Joey Mazzara all won, wrapping up a 25-11 team win in front of a crowd of 871 at Carmichael Arena.
Carolina improves to 8-1 on the season and has a week off before wrestling No. 4 Virginia Tech on Friday, January 24 in Blacksburg.
197: No. 3 Patrick Brucki (PU) dec. Brandon Whitman, 6-2 - Princeton leads, 3-0
285: Andrew Gunning (UNC) maj. dec. Aidan Conner (PU), 13-4 - UNC leads, 4-3
125: No. 3 Patrick Glory (PU) tech fall Timothy Decatur (UNC), 18-0 - Princeton leads, 8-4
133: Joey Melendez (UNC) dec. Ty Agaisse (PU), 4-3 - Princeton leads, 8-7
141: Zach Sherman (UNC) maj. dec. Marshall Keller (PU), 12-2 - UNC leads, 11-8
149: No. 2 Austin O'Connor (UNC) pinned No. 15 Mike D'Angelo (PU), 1:14 - UNC leads, 17-8
157: No. 5 Quincy Monday (PU) dec. No. 20 A.C. Headlee (UNC), 3-2 - UNC leads, 16-11*
165: No. 17 Kennedy Monday (UNC) dec. Grant Cuomo (PU), 7-4 - UNC leads, 19-11
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. Kevin Parker (PU), 5-2 - UNC leads, 22-11
184: Joey Mazzara (UNC) dec. Nate Dugan (PU), 7-5 - UNC leads, 25-11
*North Carolina was deducted one team point in the 157-pound match due to unsportsmanlike conduct