ITHACA, N.Y. --- Brandon Whitman's upset of No. 3 Ben Darmstadt at 197 pounds helped lead No. 8 North Carolina to a 21-13 win over No. 17 Cornell Sunday. Joey Melendez won via fall at 125 pounds late in the dual to secure the victory for the Tar Heels.
With the dual starting at 149 pounds, No. 3 Austin O'Connor and No. 16 A.C. Headlee won with back-to-back decisions to kick off the afternoon for Carolina. Their wins were followed by Sawyer Davidson's 8-4 decision over Chris Schoenherr at 165 pounds, his second dual-meet win of the season to give UNC an early 9-0 lead.
Clay Lautt blanked Andrew Berreyesa at 174 pounds, a 6-0 win to extend the team score to 12-0.
After Cornell took the 184-pound match, sophomore Brandon Whitman put on one of the most impressive performances of the season against No. 3 Ben Darmstadt. He fired out of the gate with an early takedown and kept pace for a full seven minutes. He won a 6-2 decision to push the dual meet in UNC's direction.
Cornell took a sudden victory match at heavyweight before Melendez's late-match heroics. Off of a scramble at the edge, Melendez locked up a cradle against Dom LaJoie late in the third period and finished a pin, securing the match for the Tar Heels.
Cornell won the final two bouts of the night, but UNC's early dominance proved enough for a 21-13 win.
The Tar Heels wrestle next against Virginia in Charlottesville next Friday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.
149: #3 Austin O'Connor (UNC) dec. Hunter Richard (CU), 10-3 - UNC leads, 3-0
157: #16 A.C. Headlee (UNC) dec. Adam Santoro (CU), 9-7 - UNC leads, 6-0
165: Sawyer Davidson (UNC) dec. Chris Schoenherr (CU), 8-4 - UNC leads, 9-0
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. Andrew Berreyesa (CU), 6-0 - UNC leads, 12-0
184: Jonathan Loew (CU) maj. dec. Joey Mazzara (UNC), 12-3 - UNC leads, 12-4
197: Brandon Whitman (UNC) dec. #3 Ben Darmstadt (CU), 6-2 - UNC leads, 15-4
285: Brendan Furman (CU) dec. Andrew Gunning (UNC), 3-1 (SV1) - UNC leads, 15-7
125: Joey Melendez (UNC) pinned Dom LaJoie (CU), 6:31 - UNC leads, 21-7
133: #5 Chas Tucker (CU) dec. Jaime Hernandez (UNC), 4-1 - UNC leads, 21-10
141: Noah Baughman (CU) dec. #11 Zach Sherman (UNC), 3-1 (SV1) - UNC wins, 21-13